A number of years ago I was taking an evening class in photography and I was discussing with Jason Lock, who is a full time freelance photographer how he edits his work? ’ I try to let other people do it for me ’ was his answer.
On one hand I found this a disappointing answer, because I thought Jason would have some kind of formula. But on the other hand it made me feel I was not on my own. Jason left it to the editors of newspaper and magazines to edit his work, using the excuse he was to busy to do it himself. But Jason at that moment in time was working on a photographic book, covering some festivals he had been photographing for a number of years. He in formed me, editing his photographs was a nightmare and the best advise he could give me is you know when a photograph is right. But he went on to say the problem arrives when you need more then one photograph, for a gallery or a book. The photographs have to work together, they convey a feeling, tell a story and must hold the viewers attention. It was this that Jason found so tiresome, and i must admit so do I – I think most photographers do.
For me redbubble has been a god send, I can view my work and edit it on screen. But for this to happen, not every image I upload will be my best work. My photographic work dose not concern its self with chasing the next iconic image or title or statement. If you walk through a photographic gallery that is showing one photographers work, each photograph will be based on the title or statement. A body of work takes time, we are all butterflies. some more then others. I can have three or four photographic projects working at once, I must admit the groups that have been introduced to redbubble can help in grouping your photographs together. Viewing and editing your work is a photographic practice and the more you do it the better you become at it.