(From hundreds to few…with Marc Y from Berlin)
I think it’s quite typical of photographers to shoot much more than they use… but in my career I’ve noticed two types of photographers: Type One shoots very carefully and slowly, keeping most of what they shoot. Type Two shoots a bit faster and freer, keeping only a small amount of what they shoot.
I belong to the second type. It’s not so much that I’m not careful but more that I realise that some of the best shots come from accidents. Also, I’m most practiced in an era of digital photography, where I don’t have to be concerned with the cost of film. I can shoot a thousand images (which is pretty typical) and narrow those down to the eight or so that make it into Elska Magazine.
But does that mean that only eight in a thousand are any good? It’s true that there are a lot of throwaways, but there are other decent ones which maybe just didn’t fit well amongst the others. These outtakes are painful to throw away, which is why for some of the Elska Boys, we make Elska Ekstra e-zines. These are where you can see the rest of the images that didn’t make it to the final issue of Elska, but which we didn’t want to bin either.
For the Berlin issue, there are six Elska Ekstra e-zines to accompany it, including one for Marc Y. These are sold separately or included free as part of an annual deluxe subscription.
See more of Marc and read his story in Elska Magazine issue (02) Berlin