Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why You Photograph

I certainly don't agree with everything said over at Luminous Landscape, but sometimes there is a gem. Alain Briot has an interesting piece about understanding why we photograph.

It is important to understand why you photograph because it is a part of photographic vision. Without photographic vision you are unlikely to create successful photographs.
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"Knowing why we photograph is going to help us create better photographs," writes Alain. "This is because knowing the reason why we photograph also means knowing what we are after: what we are looking for, what our motivation is, what drives us."

It is with deep internal reflections that we begin to understand the "why" question, and once answered we can then move into the "how" question. If you consider yourself an artist photographer, you have to know where you are going in order to get there.

Alain asks, "Why do you photograph?  Why do you create art?  Answering this question will go a long ways towards defining your vision for your work."

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