the primacy of subject-matter
i know i've said this before, but as i read words by great photographers on their work
they all say what bill brandt does: unless you are fascinated by your subject, you will not take your best pictures.
magnum photographer begins by discussing 'how to choose your subject matter', putting this at the top of the photographic list.
bill brandt says when young it's good to shoot by instinct, whatever attracts you. but eventually you learn what he stated above.
subject first, camera second. get them in the wrong order and you can ultimately flounder forever.
ps. two photographers who did it taking pics of their families: sally mann and emmet gowin. many others come to mind.
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