I'm so glad you found me! I'm a San Francisco photographer, and this blog charts my journey in the ever-evolving world of photography. One of the things I love about photography is that it's a journey, not a destination. I'm constantly learning and meeting wonderful people. Please peruse the blog to your heart's content, then check out my website and feel free to contact me! (I love hearing from you.)

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Slow Photography

NOT a slow photograph. Taken in a few seconds on a tour of Hearst Castle.
There's a recent article on Slate about a new photography movement: slow photography. Here's a quote:

"Defined more carefully, slow photography is the effort to flip the usual relationship between process and results. Usually, you use a camera because you want the results (the photos). In slow photography, the basic idea is that photos themselves—the results—are secondary. The goal is the experience of studying some object carefully and exercising creative choice. That's it."
I agree, slowing down is important. But to me this sounds like a distinction between 'spray and pray' and carefully composing your shots. Which is nothing new.  In fact, I would argue that this is what separates photographs from snapshots, and is old as the hills. I also disagree with the assertion made later in the essay that to practice slow photography you need a film camera.

On the other hand, I do think that a lot of people get caught up in the photography and forget to experience the moment. I often don't pull out my camera when beautiful things are happening, because I want to experience that moment without a frame around it. And I do appreciate the value of taking your time in a world that seems to be moving faster and faster.

What do you think?  Are you interested in trying 'slow photography'? Is it any different from what you currently do?


  1. Never have really done slow photography...I need to carry around a tri pod more, but would love to try it!

    This image is just fascinating - the colors, the shapes, the light, wow, stunning! I would have thought this might be slow photography if you didn't say otherwise! :)

  2. Funny thing happened Friday. I got a package and it was the one I sent you almost a year ago (the hot drink)...it said that it sat at the post office too long lol I wonder if I put the wrong address on it...could you please give me your address again and I will try to resend it....my e-mail is: tammymcchesney@yahoo.com I can't believe a year has gone by! :)

  3. I'm still an instinctive - from the hip shooter, and that is one great room, is that where Patty learned how to play with sub-machine guns???

  4. I read that article as well and I agree - there is no reason that only film photographers can be part of the slow photography movement as they describe it. Be thoughtful in your shooting. Don't shoot everything as though you're on deadline for a documentary. It's not that hard.
    Every year I complete my photo album for the previous year and realize that I missed shooting a number of significant events or experiences. I think that's ok. My life doesn't need to be recorded in that much detail.

  5. Woops, my friend Catherine was signed into my computer. That comment is from me, Becca Falik :)


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