The right picture: Batavia, old harbour of Jakarta
As photographer and picture editor I demonstrate how to choose the right picture.
A self assignment; visual anthropology at Sunda Kelapa, the old harbour of Jakarta, Indonesia, known as Batavia until 1949.
The practice of self assignment can be one of a photographer’s most useful exercises. It is a highly personal experience in which the photographer becomes his own audience—there is no client to please, no specific requirements by which the photographs will be judged. It serves as a way to test your abilities should they ever be offered the “dream” assignment. This is an opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. Some good images may be captured in the bargain. The purpose beyond any such practice should be to move beyond the ordinary, to break the photographic cliché.