Goodman’s treasure – P2: Ideas and experiments

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Quote from P1: “Abiding by that philosophy, I always leave a small space in my head when I shoot. Dedicated to “backstage” moments. “Backstage” of a picnic or a good party or even simply the “backstage” of my life”.

Hi folks,

This article will explain the method I use to construct the photo series.

When practicing photography, I had been using a method called “Learning-Applying-Breaking cycle”. The cycle name explained itself.

There was a time when I worked in the commercial photography industry (The most active was between 2012-2014).

An image I shot during a wedding assignment in Melbourne, 2013.

The new habit of shooting “backstage” moments actually got me going deeper into the concept of “behind the scenes” through personal photography.

I push myself to find out the limits of behind-the-scenes photography.

During the period, there is one series worth mentioning, it was a set of behind-the-scenes photos of Vietnamese classical theatre, shot in 2014 (Unpublished).

Backstage image of a Classical Theatre show. Danny Bach (c) 2015

Besides,

When learning a new concept, which means change, it is when we break some of the old rules. Unlike commercial photography, such as wedding photography, my main subjects must be the couple. So I had to change the way I search for subjects. One thing I learn from my wife is to appreciate nature, spend more time looking at flowers or birds. Eventually, my subjects are not only human, but also animals, bugs, plants and man-made infrastructures.

An image from Goodman’s treasure series. Danny Bach (c) 2020

Therefore, the reality of making the series of Goodman’s Treasure is a process of experience through many stages, from ideas to experimenting new shooting techniques, looking for new subjects with a different mindset. The whole process not only helped me to sharpen my photography skills, but also shaped my photographic ideology through particular thinking patterns and personal experience.

Be inspired and get new ideas, then just do it.

Till next time,

Thank you,

Danny Bach