Just after a short stay at an art academy in Utrecht Netherlands, I decided that all good photography needed to be pre-visualized, meaning that there could be no spontaneous shutter release of the camera that would possibly end up as a work of art. Of course this was the direct result of the theories second rate painters and designers teaching at the school would want their students to believe, since their aversion towards photography was tremendous. No good could come from an artist using a camera as a tool.
So, trying to be a good boy, I used to first sketch my photographs in pencil or pen. Only then I created a setup and started photographing. Unfortunately the original sketch for the work posted here seems to have disappeared. I can honestly state that my pre-visualized photographs were amongst the most crappy photographs I have ever taken. The sketches were often much better.
There are a few exceptions, though. I still like ‘Hand and Snake’ made in 1975, which is featured here and lately I decided to digitally remaster the heavily damaged 32mm negative to come up with a digital master and I will be numbering and signing 50 prints.