“How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, “I could have done that!” Anonymous
“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts” – Gary Winogrand
What can I say…? The quote above from Gary Winogrand says it all.
Things change once you put a frame around it. Vision and perception are two different animals.
And the joke about the 50 photographers and the light bulb…? How many times did I hear the comment from ignorant goofs, while looking at an abstract painting…”I could have done that!” …
well, all I can say is: but you didn’t … and why didn’t you? … you could be a millionaire now ! (and, quite frankly, I’m pretty sure you are not capable of either, even if you tried :-))
… Anyways, it takes quite a bit more than that, intellectually, technically and conceptually. But mainly its the urge to experiment and the willingness to make mistakes. And the process of seeing all things in an abstract way, loosing the label.
The flowers stop being flowers – we leave that to documenters for botanical catalogues. Paint the sky green if you want – all is fair in personal expression.
“In photography, as in all visual arts, we have to distinguish between the natural design we observe and the personal design we create. Painstakingly copying the natural observation is mindless”!!
(applied trickery to the images above: mirrors, strong backlighting, frozen in block of ice, scan from flatbed scanner…)
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