What is the fundamental reason that people photograph?

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jason08 New Member • Posts: 1
What is the fundamental reason that people photograph?

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Draek Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
"Fundamental reason" presumes there exists only one.

"Reasons for doing something" is one of those topics where if you lock four people in a room to discuss it, you end up with five differing opinions after an hour, and two dozen after a day.

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Mike_PEAT Forum Pro • Posts: 12,250
Visual creative outlet as I can't draw or paint!

To me that's my primary reason.

Mark Scott Abeln Veteran Member • Posts: 8,495
Re: What is the fundamental reason that people photograph?

I can think of a few reasons:

  • Communication
  • An aid to memory
  • Propaganda
  • Capturing the Beautiful
  • Making money
  • Publicity
  • Artistic expression
  • Documentation
  • Egotism, snobbery, showing off
  • An excuse to be around attractive models or visit lovely places
  • As a way of meeting new and interesting people
  • Furthering knowledge
  • Illustration
  • Enjoying the art of photography

There is undoubtably a lot of overlap here, and this is not exhaustive.

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Mark Scott Abeln Veteran Member • Posts: 8,495
Re: Visual creative outlet as I can't draw or paint!

Mike_PEAT wrote:

To me that's my primary reason.

Me too!  But I do learn a lot from the art of painting.

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panos_m Senior Member • Posts: 1,290
Re: What is the fundamental reason that people photograph?

Stopping the time.

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Mike CH Veteran Member • Posts: 6,058
It's fun

It's a creative output.

It makes for good outings with colleagues.

Ok, so that's more more than one reason...

Regards, Mike

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mjack101 Regular Member • Posts: 108
Re: What is the fundamental reason that people photograph?
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1. It's fun.

2. It keeps me away from the wife.

3. Um, err ....... that's it.

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moving_comfort Veteran Member • Posts: 8,205
Re: What is the fundamental reason that people photograph?

Mark Scott Abeln wrote:

I can think of a few reasons:

  • Communication
  • An aid to memory
  • Propaganda
  • Capturing the Beautiful
  • Making money
  • Publicity
  • Artistic expression
  • Documentation
  • Egotism, snobbery, showing off
  • An excuse to be around attractive models or visit lovely places
  • As a way of meeting new and interesting people
  • Furthering knowledge
  • Illustration
  • Enjoying the art of photography

.

Bolded my personal reasons.

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