Photographic Inexperience

In my personal experience with photos, I’ve always seemed to shy away from capturing them and also from wanting to be captured. Now, I still do not take many photos at all, but I don’t care too much if my picture is taken or not. If I were to start taking photos and getting interested in photography now however, I would try and capture moments in time that cease to exist anywhere else (i.e. a wedding proposal), or natural things that happen like people looking at each other lovingly or something like that to tell a story. If I were to take a particular approach to such photos, I would have to try and be as invisible to the things I am capturing as possible as if the subjects realize there is a camera capturing their every movement their movements become unnatural or less moment defining. It would also mean that I would try to capture that overall feeling of happiness and emotional baggage within the photo that would define the story of the subjects in it. After reading “Becoming Better Photographers”, I think I have a good starting point for where I should be paying my attention to to draw out the most amount of story within a picture, as well as my ability to focus on subjects the photo is capturing by using the techniques outlined in the blog post.

An image itself however, creates its own story without the photographer having any words come out of his/her mouth. An image with every pixel tells the story of where the subject of the photo is, what the subject is feeling, what the subject is doing, and many more things because of a single moment that is captured in time. In the famous Migrant Mother photo by Dorthea Lange, the picture tells a very emotional story through the facial expression of the woman in the photo but also through the positions of the children leaning on her shoulders. With these very telling aspects of photos, a narrative is bound to surface for each and every photo that is captured.

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