Something that I’ve been thinking about lately is the difference between “taking” and “making” a photograph. It sounds sort of insignificant but I feel it's important. It is a different mindset about creating and can alter the importance of a photograph. “Taking” has become so commonplace in our language in referring to photography that if someone said “let me make a photograph” you might be caught off guard. But nobody says “let me take a painting”. Obviously that’s different but nevertheless helps to see the difference. Photos are usually taken from the world and people/ places around us, but something feels wrong with taking. When you make a photograph it’s a process. It’s a form of art. You sculpt the photograph. You make it there on location. You sometimes shoot a whole roll to make the shoot. Playing with composition and trying different angles out. Sometimes it could be done in one shot, but that would be the process to make it.
Using the word “taking” to me feels disregarding and sort of disrespectful to the subject. You do always take from the subject and scene, but you turn it into a photograph and make something from it. I don’t know hahah, it’s all words and doesn’t matter as much as actually just going out and shooting. But try it out in your thought process while shooting if you don't already, go make some photos.