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02-02-10, 01:47 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Corr this is openning a can of worms! Should a photograph be technically correct?? What is technically correct?? When does it become an interpretation that isn't understood by some, or many? I believe that any art, is somewhere going to be appreciated by someone, and, it may be easy or hard to understand the artists original intention. We are open to so many influences and cultures in life, that it is hard for an artist to gain a recognition of his/her true intention globally.We all know how people react to certain images in an exhibition or competition that this understanding or recognition is so hit and miss. The experienced and the not so experienced will have an opinion and like or dislike and this will come into question when viewing an image.
We also get caught up in the emotion of an image we may produce because the mind tricks us into thinking there is a deeper meaning there, we as the original artist are influenced not only by the image we produce, but the memory of what it was like to be there, we are also influenced my the world around us. How many times have you sat behind a PC and editted an image, to come back later, and re think the idea? Ever had a different CD on the hifi playing and been in a totally different mood simply because of the music playing changed your feeling to an image? Just think what influences the public will have when viewing your work going through their heads? Horrendous war images by Don McCullin speak of the desperation of so many, yet for some will be seen as a fitting end to these non believing infidels! Who is correct in what they read???
I believe the "key" doesnt open any lock of enlightenment. I believe the "key" is a journey of awearness and an ability to open our minds, that should always be challenged by ourselves.
This inclined photograph may hint at a rise to a better thing for some. The downhill instead of being a slide to desperation maybe interpreted as a easy ride home?
Basic answer..............ignore the key, appreciate everything on the journey. A key only unlocks a door that has something else on the otherside!
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