S. Heiner fine art photography
"You Crazy, Girl". 2004.
Inkjet print, approx 5.5"x7.5".
In my early days with a camera, I spent much of one summer combing the nearby piers for familiar images, e.g., birds, faces, etc., in wood planks. [Cf. Pareidolia] Encouraged by what I thought was some early success, I redoubled my efforts, only to soon realize that none of the earlier photos was as interesting as some of the later ones. And the more I looked, the less I was impressed by most of those later photographs, and so on. Thatís the way it mostly goes with photography: the more you look at things, the more critical you become as to what counts as interesting.
In the ten years since taking photos of wood planks, I have culled the number of photos worth keeping from that adventure to two. All of the others are now irretrievably long gone into cyberspace. Of the two that Iíve kept, one of them, after many failed printings, is destined to blast off into that same nothingness. The other, You Crazy, Girl, also had been losing its appeal over the years. Iíd been thinking that it too was going to follow its comrades until just recently when I noticed that the face has a wave of long hair to complete it, a feature which gives it enough character to allow the photo to stay on the planet, at least for now.
If you add up just the time that went into traveling and looking at wood planks, this one photograph is the result of well over a hundred hours on the case, less on average -- if you count the hours Iíve walked around looking for things to shoot -- than Iíve spent on each of my other photographs. I donít think much about this temporal aspect of photography anymore, though I usually point it out when someone mentions that I was lucky to get this or that shot.