The Choir's Stairway
Speed is wonderful, but sometimes slowing down is necessary for you to understand just exactly what you have in terms of a photographic theme or project. By nature I am a project and goal oriented person. Tasks set before me (by others or myself) will be completed, usually in a prompt fashion. Only with the last few projects have I begun to notice that what I completed may not be as good as I wanted it to be. Yes, I completed the project and met my original goals, but a few weeks after completion, I’ve come up with some better ideas, a unique approach, or a different point of view.
The important point is simply this. If the idea is better, use it. Going back and reworking what you have completed is a good thing. You evolve and with it your artwork should evolve. It is well known that friends of Ansel Adams mounted a show of the variations of his famous “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” tracking the changes in the presentation over the life of the photograph. That’s a pretty good role model to follow. So, pay attention to what you have done and if you think to yourself, “I could have done that better,” then go back and do it better.