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No preconceptions – the Gary Winongrand way

mercredi, avril 29th, 2009

Gary Winogrand is one  of the great street photographers of this century. He is especially famous for quotes such as « I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs » or similarly « I don’t have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions ».

While I don’t adhere to most of his views on photography as I usually like to understand before hand why I am taking a picture, sometimes it comes instinctly just to see « how it will look like ». This is the case of this picture taken this afternoon on a street perpendicular to Les Champs-Elysées. I was probably attracted by the colors, contrast and shapes. Content took over context though the latter one can obviously be added back to this picture once taken. So really, as Winogrand would say, a picture with « no preconceptions »             (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F4, ISO640