This Rave Late video features Documentary and Editorial Photographer Laura Pannack talking about her experiences working on both commissions and personal projects.
It's interesting to hear about how she instigates projects, preferring to concentrate on subjects she feels passionate about rather than those which may be more obviously commercial. She also talks about how she tries not to go into a project with a particular outcome in mind. The work could end up being an exhibition, a book, or maybe it'll never see the light of day. I think this is an important lesson, if you're so focussed on your predetermined outcome it can't but influence the work and the way that you shoot it. You need to let the outcome be determined by the work, not the other way around.
As someone who often struggles to find ways into a project I was hoping she'd discuss a little more about the very early stages of a project. How she made an initial approach, how she got the subject to believe in the project as much as she did, that wasn't really covered, never-the-less it makes very interesting viewing.
I just came across this second video. It's a one-to-one interview, where Laura Pannack talks about her experiences starting as an assistant, then her first commission as photographer and what she looks for in a good assistant - useful viewing for any students out there. Look at the lighting on this one, there's a wonderful moment where all you can see are her head and hands.