Shaw Solution
Dec 01

Photography & Art

I had an interesting conversation with someone who asked me and a fellow photographer what we first looked for, or considered when taking a photo. My friends answer was technical, he considered the lighting effects and what impact they would have on the scene. My answer, given simultaneously, was 'honesty' and it got me thinking about the nature of art, beauty and the purpose of taking a photograph.

There is clearly a different mindset between the technical and artistic approach to taking a photograph but I don't think either can exist in isolation. A solely technical photographer, will create a bland image, it will be well exposed, properly lit as defined by the various authorities and devoid of anything which makes it unique or compelling, I suspect there are more than a few working in portrait studios around the world, dust settled on their lamps, which never move, a shutter and aperture dial which has rusted shut...

Equally however, a pure creative will create a great photo by luck, rather than skill. Wonderful ideas, hampered by no interest or no knowledge in how to create them properly. I think we've all seen images like that, outstanding shots from friends, which perfectly capture a moment, amidst a pile of random images.

Perhaps they are both simply two different paths to the same destination, a balance of creation and understanding of the art, which is also a science. (but then, isn't all art?) I think the issue is where you are coming from in approaching the hobby and what you are thinking of getting out of it.

About the Author:
A passionate photographer who is unable to settle on a particular type of photography. Primarily shoots with a Canon 5D MKIII, a 1D MKIII and occasionally with a GoPro Hero4 Black.

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