IMAGINATION-the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.
To be a successful Photo editor you MUST have imagination. This is key.
There are certain parts of the brain that have to be activated in order for imagination to play a part in photo editing (I think being a mother helps. I play Barbies a lot).
Superman could fly, see through walls and shoot laser beams from his eyes. Me? I can see things that aren’t there.
What do you see when you look at this picture?
I see a woman, battered and abused by her husband. She gave up her friends and family to be with him. He started off with just harsh words but it soon escalated. It wasn’t long before his violent words became a tangible thing, and his frustration showed itself on her face.
My dad had surgery on his arm. I begged him to let me photograph the stitches.
Gross right? I used them to enhance my photo of a battered wife, to give that shocking effect.
You have to be able to see passed a boring picture, to see what it will become.
When I have a concept in my head I will do anything to make it a reality. Sometimes that means holding out my hand with nothing in it. Or looking at something that isn’t there, because I can see it in my head.
A good solid mind has the ability to bend. A lot of times the concept in my head starts to take a different turn when I start to photograph it. Sometimes I go to start the editing process and a different creature takes over me and forces my idea in a different direction. I used to get frustrated. DELETE. START OVER.
It took me a while to see that my concepts were organically transforming into something different. And that it was okay. I forced myself to relinquish control, and magic happened.
Now I let the photo create itself. If my picture has a story to tell, it will tell me. Don’t fight it. Bend.
FORCE your mind to see beyond the picture.
Don’t limit yourself to what is, instead of what can be.
Do you know how silly I felt posing for this shot? Only a lot. But I believed in my mind and let the editing process flow, gave my imagination free reign, and was open to the idea that the outcome might be different than I imagined.
You can’t force imagination. But you CAN aide it. You CAN nurture it. And I suggest doing so before you start shooting/editing.
Happy shooting! Happy Editing!