Been spending a lot of time on here!
- Apr 13, 2012
- Reaction score
- Can others edit my Photos
- Photos OK to edit
And you go back to primary school and learn the difference between "effect" and "affect" lol.
It's others' opinion, not others. They teach that first year in school, you know the function of the apostrophe, lol.
I'm a visual artist not an writer.
You started this thread to hear others opinions. I gave you my honest opinion. I did not say that you cannot have your opinion I just said I do not agree with it.
The point is that when you start digging around for what "good" means, it's pretty hard to escape arriving eventually at "it evokes a response, a feeling, an emotion, a sense of narrative, or similar, in the viewer" as part of your definition.
You and anyone else is welcome to disagree, but in that case the gauntlet is thrown down: define "good"
If you want to call your photograph art then yes there need to be feeling.
Art without feeling is like food without taste.
Have you ever thought whether it's a photographer's mission to tell a story or convey a certain feeling with their work? Every now and then, I read on different photography forums where people ask for C&C, and someone will invariably ask them what they wanted to express with the photo in question. Is this perhaps an indirect way of saying it's not a good shot? Or do these people honestly believe each photo that is taken has to tell a story? Can't the photographer simply take a picture because they liked seeing the scene and wanted to capture it without actually giving it a deeper thought? Does this kind of thinking necessarily suggest not much thought and effort was put into making the said photograph?
I myself often finf myself giving likes or complimentary comments to phoyos because of the simple fact that I believe they were beautifully captured, exposed, and composed. I don't seek a meaning or "story" behind a photo? In fact, whatever meaning the viewer assigns to the photo is nothing but a reflection of one's self and there is no way we can infer the intended story behind it.
Any thoughts on this?
If you want to win a Pullitzer with it, then probably.
If you just want a good image, then not necessarily.
I think what people mean when they say "what were you going for here" is less so about "story" and more so about "What did you find photographically worthy in this scene? What made you stop and want to take a picture of this" etc. You SHOULD always know why you're taking a picture, or what is cool about the scene that you want to emphasize (because knowing that will allow you to consciously maximize the impact of that feature of the scene), but that could be something as simple as an arrangement of shapes or a specific color, etc. Not necessarily a story.