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22-01-11, 02:59 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: South East England
Indeed a good question. A possible answer might be that it depends who will view the image and when.
'Little Jimmy at Christmas' would mean little to most viewers but 'Little Jimmy at Christmas 2010' could be very helpful to family viewing fifty years from now.
Giving a title to a photograph of a place can avoid viewers thinking 'I wonder where that is?'
Many titles are completely unecessary, but providing numbers (and dates?) in groups of images helps viewers identify each for critique when that is the intention.
Possibly the most tricky to deal with is the image that is intended to tell a story. The story may be very clear in the photograher's mind but will viewers recognise it without descriptive clues? For example, would viewers have recognised a possible drug deal in Abers' 'The Drop' without that title?
I'm really looking forward to what others have to say on this subject.
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