"William Eggleston in the Real World" (2005)

Eggleston film

I caught “William Eggleston in the Real World” at the Guild on Sunday, it’s a look at the photographer in action. Several interesting points:
1. He doesn’t shoot repeats, for the most part – he takes a shot quickly and then moves along. He comments that it would be hard to pick one if you had five or six shots of the same thing.
1.5. So he’s done something like 250,000 photographs, and they’re all good as far as he’s concerned. They all get printed, or at least most of the do.
2. He did an early video project in the early seventies, mostly shooting his friends and people in the Memphis area, often extremely close up. Some folks didn’t seem to like being filmed like that…
3. He uses a camera with a viewfinder.

Point 3 raises the issue of how using a viewfinder means you use one eye, and thus one lobe of the brain. How different might William Eggleston photos look if he used a camera with an LCD screen (ie. using both eyes to select shots)???

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  • Felix  On December 5, 2005 at 10:44 pm

    How does using one eye in the viewfinder (e.g. SLR-style camera) imply that the visual cortex is only using “one lobe” of the brain? Do e.g. left-eye dominant SLR photographers take different photos than their right-eye dominant peers?

  • Administrator  On December 7, 2005 at 10:19 am

    As I understand it, if you squint and basically use one eye to find your shot, the visual information is being processed largely by the opposite lobe of the brain. I’m not sure how left-eye dominant would differ from right-eye dominant (might be an interesting experiment!), but I’m pretty confident that someone using both eyes looking at a view screen will make different choices than if they were using one eye in a viewfinder. In part I believe this because I heard it first-hand from someone who shoots video for a living.

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