Photography is – part five

Developing happens at many stages,
The first is in the action of taking a photo.
It is with a different eye that filtering between those that were taken and those that are deemed worthy can occur.
Then comes the actual processing of the photo.
That works when the vision in the mind matches the ability to see and develop. These steps don’t always happen instantly or orderly.

Lower East Side Street Photography
Die! Die! Ratanic, New York City, December 2019

Photography is – part four

Seeing happens on levels.
It doesn’t take language to see.
but it can take time to have a deeper sense for a photo.
It is also necessary to develop a photo to see it in its true light.
To judge its merit.

Monochrome Street Photography
Embrace the Absurdity, New York City, December , 2019

Photography is – part three

Sometimes it can take years before I gain an appreciation for a photo.
It can take me awhile to catch up.
Vision changes when photos have the opportunity to marinate.
It’s not about souvenirs and nostalgia for something in the past.

Monochrome Street Photography
Shopping on Madison Avenue, New York City, December 2019

Photography is -part two

So I don’t know what a photo will be beforehand.
It is always subjective.
I choose to shoot some things.
And not others.
Even after pressing the shutter,
I don’t really know what I have.

Monochrome Street Photography
White Shoes, New York City, December 2019

Photography reveals

It is impossible to stand outside of yourself and create an image. Photography always reveals something about the photographer.

An image is a reflection of the person making it. It is personal. The more that you work on your image making, the more your style becomes apparent.

Photography is like a language. It is capable of layers of meaning in a single image. It’s like poetry. Rich with possibilities.

The Exploding Art Show
The Exploding Art Show, New York City, May 2008

When an image is successful, it can have multiple meanings. Each viewer brings to a photo their own story. Their interpretation.

The beauty of any artistic pursuit is that it is never-ending. One image by itself is like a page in a book. An artist strives for a body of work that represents their vision.

A Photograph is a Photograph

For some, photography is about truth. Perhaps I should say Truth with a capital T. They insist that their photos represent reality.

As if there’s only one truth for all. And their reality must be shared by all.

With that they will state that they don’t process their photos and they rant on about the state of photography. As if some pure state exists.

For others it is only real photography if shot with film cameras. As if digital photography is cheating or of lesser value.

Abstract Street Photography
Look Right, New York City, October 2019

While I’m hopeless taking photos with my phone, I don’t deny that it is a valid tool for shooting. It’s just not as substantial in my hands.

I think that it’s rather unfortunate how elitist some people who call themselves photographers can be about which tool you choose to use.

A photo is a photo is a photo. No matter how you make it. Can we just get over the divisiveness? The important thing is the end result. Period. And of course, art is in the eye of the beholder.