I was reminded of a quote I read in Amateur Photographer Magazine recently by a guy called Sandy Wilson who wrote “photography begins way before we pick up our cameras and ends way after we put our cameras down”. He was writing in essence about what Henri Cartier-Bresson noted in 1952 “For me technology changes but photography stays the same”.
I was taken back two years, by a question I asked myself back on the 22nd April 2011 in my photography Journal. Where is the beginning and ending of photography for me?
For me photography would seem to be on a continuum with beginnings at one end and endings at the other. Each photographer has their own individual view of where their own practice fits in to this question.
This concept may best be displayed by a graphic but I have no idea how to get my blog to display a graphic in a meaningful way. So I have listed vertically potential thoughts that might help with this question.
Photography – Beginnings
World View / Vision /Values/ Inspiration by others / Education / A client brief
Photo opportunity – the taking stage
Subject choice / Attraction / Looking / Seeing /Observation / Abstraction / Composition /
Print evaluation / Self Expression / Print luminosity / Print presence / Finding and creating the prints highest potential
Photography – Endings
Getting Paid / outputting the picture/ Print for a viewer to see/ Appreciation by the viewer / Viewer interaction
Inspring / educating and entertaing the viewer.
Finding new inspiration to continue the cycle.
You may like to think about the top and bottom of the above list as these are where potential growth in your photography may come from.
I hope this has been of some benefit to you on photographic journey.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013