|NOT a slow photograph. Taken in a few seconds on a tour of Hearst Castle.|
"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?