Different Perspective

Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Photographic adventures | 8 comments

We often have a different viewpoint even if we do not realize it because it is usually too subtle to be noticed during our far too often  superficial fast paced interactions.

This scene attracted me as I immediately was drawn to the cheerful variety of flowers and then noticed the artist was creating a  painting without a single colourful flower. I love the contrast between the actual scene and her acrylic painting. Photographers often get carried away, particularly since digital cameras came along, with limiting themselves to an apparent “purist literal interpretation” and disparage what is really artistic interpretation within the photographic medium. There is no such thing as a pure image! Each camera comes with various preset algorithms decided by camera engineers and every lens design has a different rendering of infocus and out of focus areas. The software programs for processing images all come with varying default effects decided by development engineers/designers. I have no intention of letting a computer or a camera design engineer decide the interpretation of my subject. Talented musicians would each play a song differently and have their individual creative interpretation. The photographers, who are image makers (artists) instead of image takers (of snap shots), will freely interpret their raw images with skillful abandon and ignore the so called “purists”.

Reality for each of us is different even though sometimes we think we see identically. I enjoy experiencing how different artists see the identical subject differently and it reveals a fresh perspective. For fun, observe kids playing and enjoy how fresh and different everything is for them. As well stated, “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin.



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