The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer

Learning points from the book: The Ongoing Moment, Geoff Dyer, Abacus, 2007

Quoting Dorothea Lange

“to know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting.”

I found this to be quite an interesting quote – does this mean that we should never preconceive an image? This seems to go against the concept of making rather than taking an image.

Perhaps what she means that we should not think that we know in advance exactly what it is that we want to photograph as this could lead us to ignoring something that would make a really good image. The moral could be that we should always be open to different versions or approaches to what we may originally have had in mind.