What is necessary to create meaningful images ?
The most important thing for myself is creating meaningful and powerful photos for the viewer, because for me Photography is a tool of non-verbal communication. Photography allows me to raises questions, to create mystery or doubts in the viewer, to transmit messages like relax, peace for example in a nice landscape or even to provoke with an image showing contrasts.
But what is really necessary to reach this aim, did you ever ask yourself?
Creating meaningful pictures is not simply the fact to pointing your camera at something and pressing the shutter.... you need to have enthusiasm and interest in the subject you are shooting. It is necessary that you allow yourself to be involved in the scene. Only in this way you will free your own creativity. You need to document yourself about the place or subject you are going to shoot. If the subject or place you are shooting does not transmit you any feelings, there is no chance to produce a meaningful image. Learn to express your feelings about the place or subject you are shooting and ask yourself why am I shooting this, what message do I want to transmit to the viewer and put all those feelings into your photography.
You need to understand what stimulates you most, which might take some time.
When I started off in photography I felt a bit lost and started photographing everything, so my pictures could be categorized under simple snapshots, still they could have a meaning for me, but I aimed higher "Communicating through Photography". I think it makes part of your personal growth to find your way in photography and therefore take your time to find out which is the subject of most interest to you and stick to it.
I have found my personal interests in Architecture, Landscape and candid Street Photography. My initial interest in Architecture was all-inclusive, I was drawn to the lines and abstract forms in architecture until I understood that in that respect architecture is much like nature and landscape photography. For me it is all about geometrical relationships and space.
End of January I visited the Henri Cartier Bresson Exhibition at Rome, Italy and I was impressed. You could clearly read Henri Cartier Bresson's enthusiasm about documentary and street photography in all his photographs. His images showed that he put all his emphasis on human reaction and interaction, which reveals more about human nature than the event itself. In one of his interviews in 1961 he stated " Photography has the power to evoke and not only to document !"
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Fine Art Photography
I would like to start the New Year 2015 with a small reflection on Fine Art Photography.
2014 marked my year of entering the amazing world of Fine Art Photography.
What does the word Fine Art Photography really mean?
It is a photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as a photographer. Through Fine Art Photography the artist is able to convey its personal impression/vision. It is, done to express the artist's perceptions and emotions and to share them with others.
A Fine Art Photograph is undergoing a more complicated digital post processing than a documentary photography, to enable the artist to express his own personal vision. The Digital Post Processing of a Fine Art Photograph can be compared to a painting due to the fact that you are painting with light.
The famous painter Pablo Picasso, for example took a serious interest in fine art photography:
"I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself."
Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist. He is one of the most widely recognized fine art photographers of the 20th century, and was an avid promoter of conservation. His primary focus was on photography as art. Meanwhile some of his work raised public awareness of the beauty of the Sierra Nevada and helped to build political support for their protection.
His famous quote:"You don't take a photograph, you make it."became one of my main leading lines in my personal photography.
Fine Art Photography involves a lot more than a simple click on the camera trigger button. It is a combination of your own vision, light painting and photography itself. It involves quite a bit of study as well as a lot of creativity.
Fine Art Photography enables me to show the real beauty of all the wonderful things which surrounds us everyday and escapes mainly the attention of passers by.