"That shot has been done to death"
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23-03-11, 06:33 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Its worth considering 'why' the photo was taken as well. Not everyone takes photos for the same reason. There are a huge number of photos that are taken just to say 'I've been there' or 'look what' is happening here' or 'look who I saw'. Photography is a way or recording. It doesn't always have to be from a different angle or with an aethetic interpretation.
Of course, all that is attached to the presentation by the photographer whether we know it or not. If I show you a photo of the Sydney HArbour Bridge it will probably bore most of you into a stupor. But if my intention is to say 'I was there' it will have a differnt meaning for me and for you.
Beautiful imagery is only one aspect of photography. More photographs are taken of strangers other than outside their own family circle than any other type of photography. Snapshots of the relatives and friends. They act as a method of recording our own personal and social history as well as keeping records of our ancestors who we can now share with the next generation. Without these simple images our past is grey and ill defined.
In addition, not everyone can go everywhere. Taking our snapshots of the world as we weave through it allows others to broaden their horizons where it may not be normally possible. If I have never seen the TAj Mahal, I'd be content with any snapshot, regardless of whether it has been shot a million times before - and from any angle.
Photography is not about you alone. Its like talking. Its for everyone within eye shot and each will value it for their own reasons. Some in this forum strive for perfection. Others are happy enough with simply being able to record the time for prosperity. Whichever way we look at it, photography is an astonishing business and it has developed many facets since its inception. We can learn to appreciate it all.
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