Usually, when a person reads a photobook, they are only getting to see the photographer’s best work. Work that is curated by the photographer and editors. The reader most likely will never see the “bad photos” or the photos the photographer did not like. These photos often end up archived to rarely be seen. The photographer has decided for the reader which pieces they will see when their book is viewed. Because those photos are hidden from the viewer, the viewer’s attention is on the moments and scenes the photographer wants them to focus on. There’s an entire other part of the process and journey that is not revealed to the viewer. The process of culling the collection for the best photos and then the editing.
In Finding The One, I want the viewer to see a fuller perspective of what a photowalk is actually like. First, there are the photos I took while walking around downtown Dallas during and immediately after a rainstorm. I show all the photos from the one photowalk, mass amounts of them and unedited. I want the reader to get a sense of how many photos I took while on my walk and how repetitious and full of failure a shoot can be. Secondly, there is the narration of my thoughts as I walked around Dallas which can be read as the reader views the images. Then, there is the third layer. My handwritten notes on top of the photos. These notes represent my selection process. By allowing the reader to view all my images, I let them decide which photos they like and want to see from my photowalk while confronting them with my thoughts imposed on top of the images. This book is meant to give the reader a fuller and richer experience of what a photoshoot is actually like.