13 photographers explore the waywardness of chance
Despite the current trend for staged or constructed imagery, one of photography's joys has always been its susceptibility to chance. As photographers, we choose the subject matter, select the aperture and shutter speed, carefully frame the composition, maybe wait for hours; but the moment the shutter is released, chance becomes part of the process. An expression or gesture changes, the sun appears or disappears, a figure crosses our field of vision.
âChance would be a fine thing' can also be interpreted as desire against the odds. Although there may be no chance, this has never stopped people dreaming. There may be fat chance, but the photographer still strives to capture his or her vision. One of the most exciting challenges for photographers is to try to evoke the tension and ambiguity in these contradictions.
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