Posted on 2 Sep ’10 by Earl
“The photographer was thought to be an acute but non-interfering observer – a scribe, not a poet. But as people quickly discovered that nobody takes the same picture of the same thing, the supposition that cameras furnish an impersonal, objective image yielded to the fact that photographs are evidence not only of what’s there but of what an individual sees, not just a record but an evaluation of the world. It became clear that there was not just a simple activity called seeing (recorded by, aided by cameras) but ‘photographic seeing’, which was both a new way for people to see and a new activity for them to perform.” – Susan Sontag
What I like about photography in general, and digital photography specifically, is it encompasses technology, technique, vision and emotion. How to mix these ingredients, and their portions, are up to you the photographer. You are the artist and technician.
I may like or dislike an image created by someone else, as they may also my work, but I never question their right or motive in following their vision. I try to open myself to new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing — perhaps they are seeing something I could benefit from. Even if in general our “styles” are worlds apart.
The one thing I sometimes rebel against is when someone pre-labels their work as if to force an interpretation they wish. For instance, the “Fine Art” label comes to mind. But that could be a whole topic in itself.
This post image is no more then the result of playful experimenting in Photoshop — something I liked, something which seemed to fit the image.