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A photographer on the creative solace of sketchbooks

Posted On: 12 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: Huck Mag

A photographer on the creative solace of sketchbooks

There is a special thrill associated with looking through an artist's sketchbook. Maybe it's the sense that you get an exclusive insight into the inner workings of their mind and creative process, so often hidden from public view. But perhaps it's also because the pages are a physical extension of the artist themselves.
For Saul Leiter (1923-2013) - who was not only a talented photographer, but a painter too - sketchbooks were an outlet to explore colour and compositions in greater detail. When immersed in his journals, he describes entering a ‘flow'-like state: a state of total immersion and focus.
“I think there is a certain freedom when you are absorbed in painting a sketchbook,” he said. “You are not burdened to do something important. You are not dealing in big things. You are just thinking, and the sketchbooks are a way to express your thinking. They are very intimate. I work on my sketchbooks almost every day. If I had to choose what I value the most in my work I might choose my sketchbooks.”
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