E. Winter Tashlin

Fear & Collaboration [Picture Tells a Story]

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | January 24, 2015 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anxiety disorder, challenges, collaboration, photography, portrait, PTAS

Snow Queens

Today's picture comes from a day-long shoot I did with four Boston-based models, along with a support staff consisting of two rope artists and two additional lighting/logistic assistants. We all worked incredibly hard, but at the end of the day, I was the only person holding a camera. If I screwed up the taking or processing of these pictures (most of which are not safe for work), everyone's effort would have been wasted.

I am an anxious person by nature, and for whatever reason, have only become more anxious with age. The pressure of having to make people's time and work add up to something is no doubt one reason I spent the last year or so mostly taking pictures of seascapes and antique machinery. It is hard to disappoint a sunset.

Yet as I discussed in a previous PTAS, I am shifting some of my focus (so to speak) back to people photography. There is a richness and complexity to be found in the experience of our fellow humans that dwarfs nearly every other aspect of our world. Moreover, a shoot like this one is an act of collaboration between artists working in different mediums in a way that can be incredibly satisfying.

Which brings us to the conflict between fear and the desire to create, which I suppose is the same conflict experienced by nearly every artist who has ever set out to make something. I don't know how to resolve that conflict, so for now I'm just going to keep looking for answers through the lens of my camera and hope it all comes together.

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