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03/13/2013

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James Bullard

For what it's worth that is a problem confronted by painters for centuries. "What do I paint on? Cave walls, wood panels, plaster, canvas, paper? What medium? Oil, water, and more recently acrylic? For me the solution is to chose a medium and go with it. Don't waste a lot of energy on options that distract me from the image.

BTW, I don't believe that Ansel Adams ever used the term "previsualize'. He always talked about "visualizing" without the "pre". Later photographers added "pre" to the term and I've never understood that. To visualize something is to see it in you mind. "Pre" means before. How does one see something in their mind before seeing it in their mind?

Brooks Jensen

That is great! I think what we need next is a pre-pre-visualization so we know before we know what we know. Very Zen — Minor White would have loved it. Come to think of it, perhaps the real challenge is to not under-visualize while over-verbalizing. (Enter rabbit hole here.)

Chuck Kimmerle

Seems to me that this is an issue, for good or for bad, which we make for ourselves. We can be fully intertwined with technology, or we can be on the periphery, aware but not necessary participating. I mean, it's great to have options, but there is nothing wrong with the simplicity of passing on the majority of them.

And speaking of simplicity, Ansel Adams may or may not have (I do not know either way) the term "previsualize", but Edward Weston used it many times in his daybook entries.

richardplondon

"[artmaking] - In order to achieve my desired result, which technical path is best?"

The term "art" has always strictly meant, "technology" / "contrivance" - with the implication that superior results come through deliberately employing the means in a more cunningly-chosen and executed way, than the merely workmanlike use of those same means.

The tactics of what one may call "fine art" - are IMO merely a refined awareness of the subjective and conceptual impact of the particular technology used; a recognition that close attention needs to be paid to that as well as to the sheer production aspects.

This is merely another kind and layer of contrivance, of course - which is not to demean it. The great artists of the past were not ashamed of their prowess in that; and in yet another layer of contrivance over the top; the art-historical one, for lack of a better term.

CJ Chilvers

Constraints are always useful in creative endeavors. Most creative disciples learned this ages ago, but there's financial incentives for photography publications to hide this effect.

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This is really great to pre-visualize the things in your mind before the things we think. It is kind of unpredictable but interesting.

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