although you have been cruel from time to time, I still like you.
This is why, I keep snapping at you.
Compulsive snapping.. It’s addictive.
(What is it?)
As I see it, snapping is all about seeing something in a certain way and wanting to capture it. An instance in one shot.
Imagery, otherwise known as “pictures”, is the direct result of a cam click. Obviously.
The difference is all about The hunch. To know when to click it. That’s what makes a great shot.
Now, they might say it’s all about “now” but I say “you need strong roots in order to grow” so let’s start from the beginning…
Photography is the process, activity and art of creating still or moving pictures by recording radiation on a radiation-sensitive medium, such as a photographic film, or an electronic sensor.
The word “photograph” was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos) meaning “light” and γραφή (graphi) meaning “to write” – a representation of the word “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”.
Traditionally, the products of photography have been called negatives and photographs, commonly shortened to photos.
That’s the technical stuff.
About the artsy stuff:
The history of Photography, as an art form that is, goes way back..
During the twentieth century, both fine art photography and documentary photography became accepted by the English-speaking art world and the gallery system.
In the United States, a handful of photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, John Szarkowski, F. Holland Day, and Edward Weston, spent their lives advocating for photography as a fine art.
At first, fine art photographers tried to imitate painting styles.
This movement is called Pictorialism, often using soft focus for a dreamy, ‘romantic’ look.
In reaction to that, Weston, Ansel Adams, and others formed the Group f/64 to advocate ‘straight photography’, the photograph as a (sharply focused) thing in itself and not an imitation of something else.
The aesthetics of photography is a matter that continues to be discussed regularly, especially in artistic circles (since it a matter subjective to the eye of the receiver, therefore subject to discussion).
Many artists argued that photography was the mechanical reproduction of an image.
If photography is authentically art, then photography in the context of art would need redefinition, such as determining what component of a photograph makes it beautiful to the viewer… (a subjective matter and in accordance to individual perception)
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When is photography Art?
Clive Bell in his classic essay Art states that only “significant form” can distinguish art from what is not art:
“There must be some one quality without which a work of art cannot exist; possessing which, in the least degree, no work is altogether worthless. What is this quality? What quality is shared by all objects that provoke our aesthetic emotions? What quality is common to Sta. Sophia and the windows at Chartres, Mexican sculpture, a Persian bowl, Chinese carpets, Giotto’s frescoes at Padua, and the masterpieces of Poussin, Piero della Francesca, and Cezanne? Only one answer seems possible – significant form. In each, lines and colors combined in a particular way, certain forms and relations of forms, stir our aesthetic emotions.”
My personal favorite is:
What is conceptual photography?
Photography – that turns a concept or idea – into a photograph.
Even though what is depicted in the photographs are real objects, the subject is strictly abstract.
This site is mostly concerned with conceptual photography. As well as conceptual writing.
Consequently, the whole concept, interpretation and perception behind it.
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A vast variety of photographic images, of conceptual nature, can be found on the PhotoBox on the bottom of this page (by scrolling down) and viewing those thumbnails (mouse-over reveals information and clicking on it opens up the image in a size, large enough for your viewing pleasure).
Samples of photographs are posted in the blog as slideshows.
The following images are a sneak preview of color snaps taken in festivals.