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Saul Leiter, Foot on El, 1954
"In order to build a career and be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music, and paint when I feel like it."
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23rd Avenue, 2013
Some photographers talk about cropping as if it were a sign of moral decay. (The same photographers who used to file out their negative carriers as a demonstration of purity.)
I don’t understand that. I want to make the best pictures I can. Pictures that show what I saw, even if I couldn't capture it that way in the camera.
So, yeah, I crop. But only when I have to. (Some famous photographer said that.)
The truth is that if you shoot with a wide-angle lens, you have to crop, at least sometimes. You just can't get close enough otherwise.
You also have to correct the perspective. Unless, of course, you're perfectly upright and square at all times, which I am not.
And while you're at it, you might as well adjust the color and tonality too.
Still, I do a strange thing, a thing that makes me wonder if I don’t secretly subscribe to the moral decay theory after all: I crop only to specific proportions, two by three for 35mm, square for everything else.
Why do I do that? Why don’t I just crop however looks best?
Maybe I think no matter how much license you allow yourself, you've got to have some standards.
Like poetry. You don't have to publish your first draft, but if you want to write a sonnet, it's got to have the rhythm and structure of a sonnet.
Something like that.