Camera Position 189 : Cultivate The Itch, Not The Scratch Nov. 15, 2016

from Jeff Curto's Camera Position· ·

What drives and motivates photographers to do the work they do? I think that our unifying motivation is curiosity – an unrelenting, never-ending curiosity – an “itch” to know more about something and to learn about that thing through photographing it. I was prompted to think about how we should cultivate the itch – our … Continue reading Camera Position 189 : Cultivate The Itch, Not The Scratch →



What drives and motivates photographers to do the work they do? I think that our unifying motivation is curiosity - an unrelenting, never-ending curiosity - an "itch" to know more about something and to learn about that thing through photographing it.
I was prompted to think about how we should cultivate the itch - our curiosity - and not the scratch by this quote from photographer Sabastião Salgado:
“If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics. Study so that you’re actually able to understand what you’re photographing. What you can photograph and what you should photograph.”
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