Peter Fraser's Assignment

Photographer Peter Fraser asked the class to go to a new place and close our eyes for twenty minutes. We were instructed to then open our eyes and take photographs of things thinking not about how they look, but about how those things make us feel.

This felt like an entirely new way of taking photographs. There was very little pressure to make good images, and I was focused on something else. The deep and central motive of trying to make good images was cut out of the equation.

The feeling was similar to how I imagine myself as a very young child using a camera. After completing the assignment and getting a sense for a second way of shooting, I wondered what other new approaches there are to shooting.

Peter said something in our critique session that I'm still thinking about. He said that the intentions of a photographer are miniscule in comparison to the enormity of the world. He suggested that the photographer submit his will and intentions and allow this enormity to come through.

Peter Fraser Assignment - Neil Witkin

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Peter Fraser Assignment - Neil Witkin

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