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Editing and Living with Your Work

Posted in Discussions by Paul Turounet on May 30, 2009

In 1997, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to live and photograph in Mexico along the border.  Upon returning to the United States in the summer of 1998, I had lined up exhibitions on both sides of the border and had done a quick edit of the film based on machine prints I had made at a photo lab.  As I needed to focus on making money after the exhibitions, I had not had the opportunity to truly live with the work and really do a thorough edit of the work until now.  Over the course of a few months, I had gone through all of the film, and done of a series of edits, leading to the development of exhibition and book structures.  The project is titled Tierra Brava.

Here’s how the editing process has worked:

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approximately 13,000 exposures shot

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Edit #1 – 365 images

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Edit #2 – 175 images (click on image to enlarge and then click on image a second time to enlarge more)

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Edit #3 and initial sequence – 48 images (click on image to enlarge and then click on image a second time to enlarge more)

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Edit #4 and Sequence #2 – 48 images (click on image to enlarge and then click on image a second time to enlarge more)

This edit/sequence also has possible alternative images for #1 and #32

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Edit #5 and Sequence #3 – 48 images (click on image to enlarge and then click on image a second time to enlarge more)

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