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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 08-03-2016   #1
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How does a project or theme arise for you? Do you decide, "I am going to photograph..." or do you see a theme emerging from what you are already shooting/have already shot?

Can a project be open ended? If not, why not? In fact, can it ever be declared fully closed, as long as the same subjects are available?

Is a "project" anything more than a convenient name for a bunch of (deliberately) related pictures?

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Open-ended, yes, on-going as more examples are seen. As to getting a project started, I think for me it's been an in-between process. I see something interesting and make a few shots, and the results are intriguing so I'm likely to notice further instances of the theme and it grows into a project. Due to the interest, I'm more likely to "see" those further instances. Or the project loses its interest and dies off.
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Open-ended, yes, on-going as more examples are seen. As to getting a project started, I think for me it's been an in-between process. I see something interesting and make a few shots, and the results are intriguing so I'm likely to notice further instances of the theme and it grows into a project. Due to the interest, I'm more likely to "see" those further instances. Or the project loses its interest and dies off.
Dear Doug,

That's the way it works for me, too. In fact I have some difficulty in imagining any other sort, except for projects that are necessarily limited in time and space by access. Those can be mapped in advance to some extent (e.g. some of my Indian stuff, or my European Grand Tour in 2009) but they have to be related to the kind of stuff I shoot anyway. A few projects, such as Sepia in Gerona, just seem to present themselves, and (again) are limited by access: I live maybe 800 km from Girona, and have only been there once.

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I have several projects in progress and several that have finished. Many came about because of people I met or places I discovered while working on other projects.

An example: Mary's Bar



Mary Mora, who died earlier this year a few months before her 100th birthday, owned a bar in a tiny town in New Mexico. I stopped in the town to photograph it for my New Mexico project, and was told by a local resident to go in the bar and talk to Mary. At the time, I lived in Santa Fe, and I ended up visiting Mary many times, photographing her (and her cats, her bar, and her customers) and hearing her stories.

Some pf my projects, Like Mary's Bar and Grandpa's House, have finished because the people that they documented have died.


Grandpa and Molly. Yes, the cat was as mean as she looks.

Some of my projects ended because the place they documented has been demolished, like The Doll House.




Other projects have continued for 20 years and may never be 'finished,' as they are about places that are living communities that I am documenting. My Indiana's Small Towns, and Waynedale projects are examples.


Voor's Jewelry in Waynedale. My parents bought their wedding rings here in 1970, and the store is still in business, owned by the original owner's son (who is my parents' age!).
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