>>> Street Photography eXchange #84 <<<

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HappyVan
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In reply to TroiD, 7 months ago

TroiD wrote:

Whether he/she is actively 'infusing his visions and intentions', or less actively trying simply to record what's there in front of him without becoming part of the picture, both approaches are legitimate. When the mind behind the camera touches the mind of the viewer, you may say you've approached something artistic. Or at least... interesting.

Let's clarify. Most people use recording devices solely for purposes of documentation. For viewers who share the same cultural values, a common motif (mountain, sunset, baby, dog) will evoke a predictable emotional response.

On the other hand, an artistic production is somewhat different. IMHO, the artist interprets and transforms. Art occurs when the artist infuses something unique of himself.

For example, there is this picture of a kiss. It tells you nothing about the photographer other than he comes from the western tradition. In other societies, a public kiss is frowned on.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7625069483/photos/2825036/_dsc0912cc

BY comparison, OneAnt and Paulmorgan have displayed transformed images that they think are important (presumably to themselves).

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