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    Default what does photography means to you?

    I wrote this thread in hope to go into deep discussion relating what photography really means to each and evryone of you apart from techniques and beauty. Being in a school where I majored in photography, we were often taught about concepts, ideas, phillosophies apart from technical aspect. Just think about it, what is photography apart from just taking beautiful picture with no purpose or intent. Surely art is more than that.

    I do not believe that a picture is everything. Yes it speaks a thousand word yet often these thousand interpretations can be very different from the intent of the photographer. A picture is not the real experience of the photographer. It's a representation however of a certain time and space of an experience.

    Any comments?
    Last edited by excentrique; 24th April 2002 at 07:53 PM.

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    Anybody who's looked at a picture taken more than 5 years ao would appreciate the meaning of photography. It almost brings you back to that instant in time when you pressed the shutter. The surroundings, smells, sounds will all come back to you. And from a single photograph.

    It also CREATES memories. What do I mean? How many of us actually remember what we looked like, except through photographs of ourselves as children? Our self image comes from there. I could conceivably show a teenager who's never seen a photograph a picture of a child, and he could go through the rest of his life believing that that is what he looked like as a child.

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    To me in the least, a photograph represents my ideas and my view of the world i live in. When i look at the shots i took, i recall the memory of the shot, the sigh, smell and the feeling.

    To me, photography is all about feeling, a moment of unforgetable, as nature, itself can never be the same.

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    photography has been a big influence in my life.....esp. since my dad is in the photography line....i think photography is about bringing together a combination of how we feel as well as what we see at the point of also really tells us much bout the person or taking street photography.....capturing pple's expression and as well as telling a little story behind it.....could be sadness or joy....

    my personal opinion......anyone can comment on it....

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    Sharing our thoughts...

    "1. We cannot deny that photography has a great influence in our lives and in our art and creative activities.

    2. Photographs are seen everywhere - in the morning newspapers, glossy magazines, on most text book covers, in packaging, in sort of advertisements, on bus panels, taxis, MRT stations and billboards.

    3. In fact most of us are not fully aware that these photographs affect the way we think and feel about ourselves including the events that are happening around us everyday.

    4. On the national photographic education level it is a question of how can we better be able to understand the power it has over our thoughts and the way we behave towards fellow human beings.

    5. Most of us would agree that one sure way is to learn to interpret the meaning of a photograph with a more open mind.

    6. To understand the influence photography has on our thoughts we should try to understand the photographer visual perception of the world and its activities and not just that the simple presentation of the fact.

    7. Serious photographic education can strengthen our critical thinking skills. It will translate to other areas of our learning activities at whatever age we get started.

    8. We did not realise that Photography always provide an opportunity to us to practice and increase our observation power
    too. Is is possible to acquire a photographic eye overnight?

    9. Making photographs seriously also improve ability to sharpen interpretation skills. Students majoring in specialised field of photography use these details to discover the meaning of the photographs.

    10. People with competent photographic skills have abilities to draw conclusions and make informed assessment about the photographic artwork and the likes.

    11. The study of any form of photographic artwork will strengthen one's creativity as one begin to draw conclusions to one's observation and decision-making endeavours.

    12. We have often been reminded that the time we allocate to the study and activitiy of photography will be directly proportional to the degree of our ability to develop skills of observation, interpretation, drawing conclusions, and making informed judgments about visual images of all types".

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    no offence of what I'm going to say...

    its just how I just photography to my own needs..

    my photographs are not art....
    I snap anyhow, anywhere I go....

    to me... most importantly... my photographs are my memories...
    in 20 yrs time.. I want to be able to see all my days in 100GB of pics

    just like my avatar

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    photographs are great historical records of people you've known, places you've been. Also, I like to take pretty pictures to hang on my bare office wall....

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    I read in "Bystander - the history of street photography", that someone once said photography should be as important as writing, and should be a part of everybody's education.

    For me, it is many things.

    It inspires as much as it fulfills, the need for an avenue of artistic and creative expression. The act of seeing things in a different light and visual arrangement of objects helps sharpen and heighten my visual senses. Just as my passion for writing has helped me to arrange my thoughts in a coherent manner, photography has helped me to see patterns, ordered entities and structure in otherwise incoherent chaos. I begin to put things visually in my mind, to find intepretation in things I see, and even to create and stir emotions in other people by the way I create and layer a picture. I think writing and photography complement each other very well.

    Sometimes the pictures turn out to be duds. Some are visually appealing, but do nothing to inspire people. Some failed to convey how I feel to others. But when you get one that has everything in place - structure, intepretation and emotions, it's a rush. It's a sense of accomplishment. It's a moment of a self congratulatory pat on one's back, before moving on to find that next great picture. It's the knowledge of that next great picture, the one that I can capture, that pushes me on.

    (As an aside, when I was in primary school, my form teacher commented that I can write pages and pages of gramatically correct English, but turn out work that is without structure and order, and without a sense of purpose. And who says lady teachers are all kind and nice pple? I can see a bit of that in the way I photograph sometimes - her words never sounded so real until now. Something for me to work on!)

    Photography also helps me, no, forces me to participate more in life. When I photograph a wedding, a social event, or just taking pictures for my own satisfaction, I always inevitably get sucked into the situation. You can't take pictures without emotion - you will end up with boring uninspired shots and you will wonder why you ever took those pictures. I find that when I participate, when I start to feel, that's when the ideas and creative juices start to flow. Thank God for my stint as my church's photographer - it really helps me see AND feel. I remembered being touched to the point of almost tearing at a recent wedding I photographed. The bride was telling the story of her love with her husband. Sometimes in the hustle of life, you forgot that true love still exists.

    I also love photography as a means of documenting life. (Again, something I learnt and fell in love with while helping out in church) What inspires me is the ability to document not just the plain facts, but also the raw emotions, feelings and atmosphere of the story. What strikes me even more, is the fact that I am able to dictate those moods and feelings by how I take those pictures. How I portray the event has an important bearing on how others intepret the story when looking at those pictures. Depending on what I'm taking, it can be an enormous responsibility, as well as a personal challenge.

    All of the above points bring me to my conviction (attained after a long time) that photography is more than just about the picture I create. The process of photography is just as important, if not more so.

    That process helps shapes my views and inspires my thoughts.

    So maybe there's some truth to that statement after all - that photography should be part of everyone's education.
    David Teo
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