Took this portrait of old mate at f/2. For the non-photographic f/2 limits the depth of field, AKA what is sharp and what is blurry. In this case his eyes are sharp and mostly everything else is out of focus. This allows me to really focus on the emotion and the story of the subject.
If you'd asked me to take a portrait of you 5 years ago and told me to focus on your eyes and nothing else, I would've had no fucken idea how to do it. The camera would've been on auto, and the result would've been whatever the fuck the camera decided it should've been. Snap back to now, and I have the knowledge and the skill behind me to make technical decisions that affect the emotional output of the shots I'm taking. I'm far, far, far from where I want to be, but it's so good to look back on the years gone by and take stock of where I started and where I came from.
I'm inspired by the success of others, but so much more than that I'm inspired by my own failures and shortcomings. And that's the only thing that matters; to be better than you, day in and day out. Focus on nothing else, just personal progress. If you don't quit, you will get there. Maybe.
And if you don't, you'll at least die doing what 99.9% of other people don't, which is betting on themselves and giving just ONE thing in life your all, without fear of ridicule. Most people are too scared to give themselves the chance.
I know I was for years and years, but now I'm getting paid to do what I love. That right there is the definition of success for me.
What does success mean to you? Whatever it is, go get it.
#cinema Kathryn Bigelow, la réalisatrice de "Point Break" avec Keanu Reeves (1er à droite) et Patrick Swayze (2e à droite) ou "Zero Dark Thirty", oscarisée en 2010 pour "Démineurs", a mené à bien "Detroit", son dernier film qui revient sur les émeutes raciales de 1967. Samuel Blumenfeld dresse le portrait d'une battante dans le numéro daté du 23 septembre 2017. #photo#photographie Ronald Grant/Mary Evans/Sipa #kathrynbigelow#Point Break #noiretblanc#mlemonde#mlemag