Evil Eye - Doug Johnson

Evil Eye

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I've been discussing the really interesting concept of "letting go" with my friend James (the poet introduced in POTW #3). James reminded me of the provocative literary idiom "kill your darlings." At first glance it's a little creepy but it's good advice and you won't ever forget it!


For writers, it means letting go of that word, sentence, paragraph that's so beautiful but does not serve the greater purpose. It's applicable to all artists including photographers, although, as you might imagine, it's much easier said than done.


This week's photo is a good example. I love this "Evil Eye" but reluctantly pulled it from my new "Bark" project because it definitely does not serve the greater purpose. All of the images in this project are about bark -- its texture, color, shapes and patterns.


However, the image above is all about the eye. Yes, the bark itself is interesting but that's secondary. I felt rather attached to my "Evil Eye" and really didn't want to let it go from the project. Yet, ultimately, this is one darling that had to be killed.


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