It’s amusing how quickly things that seemed uninteresting to you before just become the only thing you Google about these days. In my case, it was photography (especially portraiture) that piqued my interest. I figured, if I’m going to be wasting time on the Internet, I might as well actually learn something about a small part of the large world known as photography.
After looking at some iconic or powerful images from certain photographers, I as an photography enthusiast (a dude with no equipment to fuel his new-found interest), have always wondered what made them stood out as opposed to many countless digital photos taken today by various aspiring photographers or the annoying Instagram users. We’ll look at some examples:
Human Emotion and Contrast
The Afghan Girl – Steven McCurry, National Geographic
Humans are simply an amazing species. We can do so many things, including expressing ourselves without having to say a single word. At first glance, Sharbat’s intense eyes are absolutely soul-piercing. Even though a passerby might not know the back story, the eyes still captivate them. The overall serious expression on Sharbat signifies that something is bothering her and she wants something to be done about it. In addition to the emotions portrayed by her, the clothes of choice fit the picture because the red fabric wrapped around her face is in contrast with her sea-green eyes, making the photo even more powerful.
Humans are absolutely captivated by patterns, whether they notice it or not. We have an odd fascination with things that repeat themselves, especially in a continuously changing scene: Nature. Most of the time things go unnoticed because most of the time patterns are formed at the macro level of things. When pictures are taken at the macro level, things that seemed irrelevant (because we didn’t care enough to inspect every little thing we come across daily), now come to life and that is when we can recognize the true beauty of nature.
Perception and Surrealism:
Connect, I Must Be Dead, DeviantArt
In today’s society, we are trained to suppress our true emotions and conform to the norms that a large portion of the population has come to a general consensus on. As a result, we are afraid to be publicly creative or spontaneous due to the possibility of rejection. This causes for a lot of people to think inside the box. Those that are creative and natural artists are the ones that bring fresh perspectives to photography and more importantly, our eyes. Sure, some photos might be a bit outward, but they still have a meaning that is left to the viewer to decipher and come to a conclusion about.
These are only some of the steps involved in making our eyes focus on a certain picture that might evoke certain emotions. Like many other forms of art, photography is simply an outlet for us to capture memories, express our creativity, and for some to make a profit. For me, it is a way for us to truly study the different elements within a photo, especially with humans. Their faces are so capable of creating many different expressions but its tough to capture them all in real time. Anyway, enough jabbering from me for now.
Blink with meaning,