2011 Deck – Week 23

Sometimes a photo is just a photo, nothing more, right?  Wrong!

Every photograph, yes, even snapshots, tell a story, not everyone can understand the story since the language might be different, the concepts are alien to some of us, and often the message is so subtle that it eludes many of us, but a story is there.  It might be a story in a single sentence, it might be a paragraph, it may even be a few chapters.  It is up to the photographer to tell as much or as little of the story as they like, and it is up to the viewer to read and interpret not what the photographer is trying to say, but what the image is saying.

Art is interpretive, and it is unlikely that two people will interpret any given  photograph in the same manner, similar maybe, they may even draw on each other’s observances and add them to their own, but the act of viewing a photograph is personal, it is between the viewer and the image, and sometimes, the relationship is profound, and others it can be negligible.

Some photographs make an impact and keep you looking back at them and seeing more than you had noticed in the beginning, others you may look at once, and never be drawn to them again, that’s just the way it is.

For many people, their snapshots tell more of a story than the “artsy” types of photos than others tend to like taking.  The story told by a snapshot at a family gathering is more personal than that told by most “professional” photographs, The story is not more nor less important, just different and more personal, and no one should seek to belittle one or the other, that’s just the way it is.

Tree, in June?

5 thoughts on “2011 Deck – Week 23

  1. cecil beharry

    Hello Michael
    That’s a great piece of explaining art/photography. If I ever find myself in need when discussing art/photography, I will borrow some of your explanation
    Now I am looking at the photograph wondering what the other side of the tree looks like. Great photo. Kind regards. Cecil

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