Atul Loke: The Importance of the Edit

 
Great photography happens when you let your heart take over your mind. Photograph/Atul Loke

Great photography happens when you let your heart take over your mind. Photograph/Atul Loke

This story was originally published in August 2012.

Atul Loke says it is crucial to keep an open mind while shooting, and then be strict and unbiased while selecting the final works from all that you have shot.

Photographers often tend to think too much. We have a lot of preconceived notions about what a place will be like and what kind of angles we must try. Whether I am working on a documentary photoseries or simply capturing the life of my family in my chawl, I prefer to approach everything with an open mind.
Have a rough plan, but let it only be in your subconscious. Never stop yourself from reacting to a moment because of any preconceived notion. Instead, let your eyes, eart and instincts take over.

Let the Shoot Not Influence Your Selection
The secret to creating a great body of work has more to it. When sitting down to decide which photos make the final cut, do not cloud your head by thinking of how difficult a particular shot may have been. Sure, you may have taken great pains to capture something or may have used a complicated technique. But if the resultant image does not have the core emotional impact, all of it means nothing.

The viewer does not care about the shooting process. It is the final picture that matters. After all, sometimes, we are rewarded with great photographs that we did not intend to capture. That is not luck. It is a gift for all the hard work that we put in.

Personal work, especially when you document your family, is all about reacting, instead of having a rigid thought process or agenda. Photograph/Atul Loke

Personal work, especially when you document your family, is all about reacting, instead of having a rigid thought process or agenda. Photograph/Atul Loke

About Atul Loke
Atul Loke is the Photo Editor of a leading daily in Mumbai. While he filters through hundreds of images everyday, his heart lies in the art of telling a photo story. He describes his life as a book of photographs, with each image telling its own tale.

 

 

 

 

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