the photoshooter's journey from taking to making

TWENTY FOR 16

SELDOM HAVE I EVER LIVED THROUGH A YEAR in which I faced greater challenges to photographic “business as usual” or the accumulated shooting habits of a lifetime. Over 2016, I seemed to experience one fundamental shift in my view of technique after another, shooting thousands of frames and yet rejecting over 90% of them as mere practice, part of a very larger learning curve. The biggest test of my habitual approaches came in the area of focus, with my work reflecting a seismic surge of newly available technology and big questions about what role “sharpness” should play in a picture. At this writing, everything remains in play and nothing is settled. Still, I had some fun along the way. Judge for yourself. –M.P.

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