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Why do you like taking pictures? Why do you like making a photograph?

MacGregor Anderson , Apr 20, 2005; 01:28 a.m.

I'm just curious.


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Anupam Basu , Apr 20, 2005; 01:38 a.m.

Mimesis :)

Eugene Scherba , Apr 20, 2005; 04:55 a.m.

'cause i want to see what it looks like when... you know the rest.

Keith Laban , Apr 20, 2005; 06:10 a.m.

Keith Laban Photography

You seem to be assuming that we all like taking pictures and making photographs.

Personally speaking I find image making a constant struggle and the source of much heartache. I'm not sure I make images because I like to make them; it's more of an obsession or compulsion.

rob sollett , Apr 20, 2005; 06:42 a.m.

Simply put: to create, to seek out my ideas and explore visually with the intention to record what I find or compose within the space around me. I now photograph for me. It gives me great pleasure to see others understand my compositions when I exhibit my prints.

Philip Partridge , Apr 20, 2005; 08:02 a.m.

MacGregor, Our moments in the world are very complex, yet very fleeting. The exquisite experience of the moment, sensory as well as emotional, can never be appreciated adequately by merely living in each moment - it's the existential dilemma, how to live more abundantly. Instant by instant, our presents transform into immediate pasts, gone forever save for what remains in that most fallible of human attributes, the memory. Photographs give us a chance to remember a few of the moments of the life lived, and use them to build constructs comprising emotions and memory fragments, which are attached to the photo like metaphysical metadata. So the first reason is documentary.

The challenge of developing and producing your photographic vision in expressive, techically sound compositions is unrelenting but very rewarding. Getting your best from the equipment is fundamental. So my second reason is self expression and my third is related to technique.

Producing images is very involving; it may work best when the photographer is in a very focused but hyper aware state; time passes quickly, inconveniences are overlooked. I enjoy being in this state of mind - my fourth reason.

Finally, I am most interested, having said the above, in the emotional response images we like create in us. In spite of the debates about postmodern photography and pretty pictures, without that emotional response, a photo will not work. So, it is all about the power of photography to produce beauty in diverse works for diverse tastes. Susan Sontag makes excellent sense of this matter: 'But notwithstanding the declared aims of indiscreet, unposed, often harsh photography to reveal truth, not beauty, photography still beautifies. Indeed, the most enduring triumph of photography has been its aptitude for discovering beauty in the humble, the inane, the decrepit.' - On Photography, 1973. The emotion of photography is my fifth reason. opinions only, as always.

Vincent DiPietro , Apr 20, 2005; 08:43 a.m.

1) Being creative sure beats being distructive.

2) It has become my religion

3) I can't help it, I've fallen in love with photography.

4) Before I die I would like to create a work of art.

5) Taking photographs has me appreciate the rest of the world more.

Jonathan Reynolds , Apr 20, 2005; 08:54 a.m.

Art is a kind of masturbation of the senses. I like looking at it. I like it best when it is relevant to me. Hence I also want to create it.

Chris Waller , Apr 20, 2005; 09:26 a.m.

Like Keith, I'm not sure I 'like' taking photographs, in that it is not, as it is for many people, a relaxation. It's a kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have to photograph, I have to document. Every photograph is the result of a chance meeting of photographer and subject - 'le miracles des rencontres' as the French say, 'the miracle of meetings'. In a world where we are expected simply to buy everything, where people try to define their identity by what they buy, I feel it is a radical, almost subversive act to define oneself through action. I try to avoid thinking too much about why I do it for fear of destroying the magic. "Writers write", to quote Hemingway(?). And photographers photograph.

M. Danger , Apr 20, 2005; 09:35 a.m.


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