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24-01-11, 09:27 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Athens - Greece
where is the light?
Marily, my wife, complains that our home is like a photo gallery. None of the photos have a written title (although my children would like to write a word or a phrase on the wall) because we are always present to explain to our guests what they see. We are there.
But as I have thoroughly written in this photographic site the basic question is " what do we see here ? "
A photograph for an advertisement doesn't need a title, we know what we see. A photograph in a newspaper doesn't need a title, we read the article. But if we see the same photographs in a photo exhibition, or at a portfolio somewhere, it should have a title, or a chronological theme, or something for recognition or for a classification in our mind, especially when the artist is not present and in more cases he is not well known.
In magazines and photo-sites either a title, or a description is also useful, all of us we like stories and the more people involved the better. With the comments written for each POTD we have a reason to visit the site more than one time during the day. I read the artist's approach in the photograph or at his theme-title-descriptions, but I want and I need to read also ABER's, Andy's, Karen's, Amy's ... That way the artist and the audience are present in a dynamic relationship, which is not easy to be built. We are people from different places, of different ages or education etc. but that makes it interest. And this is what makes the wheel to move.
Of course when you make a photograph, only in very rare cases you have a title in your mind (for me this is impossible).
About the mistakes you have mentioned, these digital days we can see mistakes for which the theory of optics would ring the bell. Mistakes in scale, in perspective, in lighting. Those are more important. Only levels and curves can be fixed and callibrated any time.
So, titles : yes.
Comments & Descriptions: here yes.
Writing with light: yes, a photograph is worth a 1000 words.
Painting with light : with care at geometry and search " where is the light? "
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