What Is The Story In These two Photograph?
Remember when I’ve said that a photographer’s photographs always tells a story? I was thinking of some good examples and I think the above photos explains it perfectly. Gaze on the two stock photos above and try to figure out what each of them are tying to tell you. If we study the example 1, the mood of the model suggests that you’re a construction worker and he has assigned a job to you that you’re not going to like, but it has to get done nonetheless ’cause nobody else can do the job. However, by simply adding a small amount of Gaussian blur to example 2 , it now suggests that something major has happened with the equipment onsite, and he not only accuses you of carelessness, but also the reason for equipment malfunction. I could have also done another photo blurring all his fingers/partial fist, then changed it’s perspective a tiny bit; I guess we could then interpret the photo as saying “I want to blame you, but I know it’s me.” I could have also changed the background to give the atmosphere a different mood. I guess this is really no different from talking with some and reading hand gestures and facial expressions; because we all know that a person’s words and gestures don’t always tell the same story.
So, if you can understand that each photograph has it’s own story, then you’ve reached the most basic level of understanding as to what photographic art really is. While it’s also true that not every photograph will have a story; but the ones that do will leave a strong impression in viewer’s mind the longest because he/she can connect with that photo with some kind of relevance and meaning. Having every Photoshop filter known to man installed in your computer will not teach you how to tell a story with your photograph (although it can help enhance it if a story already exists). Telling a story can only come from the creative side of yourself, the intuitive side of yourself, the feeling part of yourself; and the part of yourself that’s willing to take risks in shooting subjects that society looks away from; finding the beauty within each subject. While understanding lighting and how light effects the quality, the mood, depth, perspective, and sometimes even the shape of a subject within your photograph is important, the best camera in the world cannot capture emotion in a photo if there is none. Technology is here to improve our creative artistic abilities, NOT to take the place of artistic expression. This is the difference between a Photographer, and someone who takes pictures.
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