Personal taste

I recently started a photography blog. I’ve been planning to set it up around January but for some reason I can’t wait anymore. I believe that people have to do things when they want to do it (in other word when they are inspired) and not when they think they have to do it. Forcing yourself do things often result in disliking what you do and your life in general, and that is not a good thing. I don’t believe in schedules and following rules unless it is really, really necessary. I go by feelings most of the time and it works, at least for me.

I love photography. I like taking pictures and looking at pictures whether they are mine or someone else’s. But I dislike rendered/photoshopped images. Unless they are commissioned for an art gallery or otherwise specified by clients, I want to keep the photographs as natural as possible. Enhance yes, adjust levels and contrast by all means, crop if necessary but don’t alter an image beyond belief. I, myself am guilty of some enhancement to my images like turning them black and white, sepia or adding warm or cold glow to suit the mood of an article I am using the image for. But I will not go further than removing unwanted details from a frame like a garbage can or a hairy burly naked guy on a skateboard who accidentally get in the way of my otherwise perfect shot. No, I will not turn a sunset into a firefox logo, or the sky electric blue and the sea underneath orange; not even for the sake of art. The thought alone makes me cringe.

Another thing I hate is borders. Some people are so determined to add borders to their images. What it is good for? It certainly doesn’t add value artistic or otherwise to the pictures. It looks so unnatural. When we look at everyday life in general, we don’t see things around us encased in borders, do we? That’s why probably I seldom use frames when putting up pictures. Only if it goes with the design I am aiming to achieve.

I adore photographs that convey the real world, the way we see it with our own eyes, the ones that can transfer me directly to the place as if I’m really there. The ones that can make me feel nostalgic, full of longing and wishing to be part of whatever is going on. In other words, I love images that can evoke certain emotions, feelings that were buried deep; pictures that can make me green with envy and say: Damn! I wish I took that shot.

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8 thoughts on “Personal taste”

  1. I really love your last paragraph!

    “I adore photographs that convey the real world, the way we see it with our own eyes”

    Also, I don’t really fancy photographs with really prominent trademarks, kind of ruin the effect of the whole photograph. how about you?

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    1. That and water marks. If they don’t want their images to be stolen (because once we put our things out there, they are out of our control) keep it private or attach a copyright to it but not on the image itself.

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  2. I shall look forward to perusing your blog. I love mother nature how can one beat that. I also like fun woth an image too i guess i see it like paintong. I dont think it necessarily makes kt better but sometimes one mignt go “oooh that looks funky” or something. I tbink creative expression is good in al forms but no one cant beat mother nature xx

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    1. I know what you mean. Sometimes I see pictures of children blowing birthday candles with added cartoon-ey hats and drawn animals in the background and I love them too.

      Agree on creative expression is good in any form. That is what
      makes us individuals and a copy of each other.

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