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The fear of bad photos

Out There
Stina Sieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There’s nothing like the excitement and fear of photography.

When I really capture someone in film, I get this instant wave of excitement, euphoria and relief. When the picture is just so-so ” or downright bad ” I feel such shame, like I let down my subject, myself and the powerful force that is the art form.

There’s nothing like taking pictures to induce a good bout of manic depression, let me tell you.



So, it comes as no surprise to me that I’m already fretting about tomorrow’s Day in the Life of Garfield County photo shoot. The event, which comes around every year, is everyone’s chance to go out into their surroundings and photograph them. The idea is to see a full view of the county, using as many eyes possible.

I love this idea, as it touches on the kind of photographs I haven’t really taken for a year. Before I came to Colorado, I was the photographer at another small-town daily, this time in the dusty openness of New Mexico. At the Silver City Daily Press, I took pictures of everything, from forest fires to knitting classes. Every once in a while, I’d have an assignment, but more often than not, I was turned loose to simply find something for the front page. It forced me to really look, pay attention to things, care about what was around me. It was addictive, for sure.



It was like I was being paid just to be present.

Now, I spend my time mostly in an office. Instead of being outside, taking pictures of folks, I get my kicks from talking to them on the phone and hearing about their excitement and accomplish


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