upping my photography game … or at least trying

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So in case I haven’t mentioned it somewhere, I started teaching a photography class. My motivations were primarily selfish. I wanted to get back to thinking about photography. And I have to say I am enjoying really diving into things I haven’t thought about before. More deeply exploring concepts and ideas is something I love doing and I love that I have an excuse and motivation to actually do it.

In my explorations I came across this quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson:

If a photograph is to communicate its subject in all its intensity, the relationship of forms must be rigorously established. Photography implies the recognition of a rhythm in the world of real things. What the eye does is to find and focus on the particular subject within the mass of reality; what the camera does is simply to register upon film the decision made by the eye. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

It highlights several things to me:

  • The purpose of taking a photograph is to tell a story of a subject and you need to do everything you can to make that story happen.
  • Don’t just ‘take a snap shot’, make a picture. Be conscious and intentional when taking a photograph.
  • Photographs are created.
  • Understanding of art principles is really useful in creating these more considered images. I am currently learning more about compositional elements that I am looking forward to playing around with and sharing with you.
  • The camera is a simply a tool. The best camera you have is the one you have on you!

I suppose what I am saying in a nutshell is that I want to become more conscious when I am behind the camera. What do you think? How conscious are you when you are behind a camera?

On a second note, I am thinking of sharing some of my learning. I kind of see it as giving myself a diploma in photography and why not share that. So I thought I would share some great things I come across, photographers that inspre me and some of my experimentation. Yes? No? Let me know

5 thoughts on “upping my photography game … or at least trying

  1. I’m so excited for these posts! I definitely learn the most about photography from you, you’re such a good teacher! Please keep them coming. Also, I am the worst at being intentional with my photos. I find that I get so emotional about my photography when I’m shooting that my heart leads more than my brain, which I love! But it also leads to a bit of a wonky composition or a foot/hand cut off which is super annoying. Whoop! Can’t wait to read more of these posts.
    Also, Henri Cartier-Bresson always reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY8SHd-wGEU

    1. Thanks so much Freya! Your work has flashed ahead so quickly. I don’t think we all have to have the same approach to photography as HCB. I think emotion is a powerful tool still.

      Also the video is hysterical.

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