We asked each photographer in our current show PROOF to explain what the contact sheet reveals about their progress and way of thinking. Here is what Hiroshi Watanabe had to say:
“For me, as a film photographer, contact sheets are a very important step and big part of my creative process. There are two types of photographic artists – ones who create based on his/her visionary ideas and ones who document reality and develops his/her ideas from that reality. I am the latter one. When I photograph, I keep my mind open and photograph what intrigues me. In essence, I merely document them. And mostly, I forget about them. I discover what I photographed in my contacts sheets and I study them. I ponder them. I select what surprises me, teaches me, and stirs my emotions and then make prints. Unlike digital, I cannot see what is exactly on my film until I print the contact sheets. That uncertainty is what drives me to create.” – Hiroshi Watanabe
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First of all, GO FILM !!!
That being said, like you I am a film photographer and I create based on previsualization as well as taking a documentary approach. My proof sheets serve to instruct and enlighten me as well as serve as a labor saving device. Your proof shows me that I need to keep my mind open to a greater degree and be open to unexpected opportunities that may present thenmselves.