|Christiane Dedeene: Portrait of former dancer at Maurice Béjart Ballet|
Photography, like life, can be approached in two distinct ways: spontaneity and planning.
Photographers often categorise themselves as either spontaneous or planned — street or conceptual. I rebel against being put in a box. As you can see from my work, I'll tackle anything, use the best approach, and do whatever I please. I won't conform to a label imposed by myself or by others.
Let's look at the dance between spontaneity and planned photography.
|Street performers dancing, England|
On the other hand, planning involves careful preparation and arrangement. It's about orchestrating a scene, considering every element and detail. Planning gives us the power to shape our artistic vision. We create images that evoke specific emotions and narratives by arranging and organising various elements. This approach allows for greater control and precision, producing a well-crafted image that tells a deliberate story. It's essential for following a brief or depicting a concept.
Both approaches have their merits.
|Wet dog water dance, Belgium|
So don't limit yourself. Explore both extremes and use both simultaneously. Even when you've planned everything down to the last detail, be open to the unexpected and embrace the moment.