The Promise and the Disappointment
Something I’m coming to terms with is that the first photo shoot at any location is likely to be disappointing. Photography is a low-percentage undertaking; perhaps it’s inevitable that one visit’s worth of shots can only yield so much. But the first time at a location has the unique hurdle of being a bit too fresh and stimulating. One can try to take in everything and anything all at once, with the result that everything in the resulting photos is hunting the big, obvious and grand scenes, while overlooking the details that can yield the most affecting shots. The question for myself is whether or not this perceived limitation can be overcome by developing a better eye, or whether this is simply the nature of the art. In the meantime, my shots from visits to Detroit and elsewhere will continue to be haunted by the ghosts of second chances.