September 24, 2015
Many moons ago, during the days of film photography, I also used to write reams of short stories. During one workshop, my writing professor offered a most useful critique of one particular story, stating that I, the writer and creator, knew my characters well, but that I failed to convey that information to the reader. He said I was too distant from my character. At the same time, I observed that my film negatives were "thin"; that is, they were not exposed to light long enough to create a strong black-and-white image, and I needed to crop my images to achieve my mind's vision. In effect, I needed to give the film emulsion sufficient light or information, and I needed to get closer to my subject. In both scenarios, I, the writer and photographer, failed to deliver sufficient information to the reader and the film. I have since discovered that whatever I do in one creative discipline tends to cross over into other creative disciplines. Using this analogy, were I a painter, I might observe that my paints lacked color intensity.