I filled nine notebooks in Korea.
Small details are very important.
But, you can only write so many notes when you’re in the field.
If you’re taking notes all the time, you’re not really experiencing anything.
That’s why I take a lot of photographs of ordinary stuff.
Stuff I might need to remember.
But don’t want or need to spend hours and hours taking notes on at the time.
And, it goes without saying.
The photos I take.
Do not have to be any good.
Just like the writing in my notebook doesn’t have to be any good.
They’re a simple memory of something.
I’m not snapping for a Magnum exhibition here.
If I was doing that.
I wouldn’t be focussed on the book.
I’d be focussed on getting a great shot and that’s not the point.
I’m sure that there are many people who can write and snap simultaneously
And equally well.
But I’m not one of them.
To me, photos like these are my notes.
They help to make sure that I don’t make too much of a pig’s ear of the writing.
Here’s to the first proper draft of my book. It’ll be finished this week.