Why do you’re taking images?

The topic of why we take images comes up every now and then and I’d prefer to share elements of a dialog I had with a fellow photographer the opposite day.

The dialog received me enthusiastic about the why of our images. All of us have a distinct why, however many people have a troublesome time describing that why. How would you describe your why?

There are hundreds of thousands of photos out on this planet. From the gorgeous, technically excellent, wonderful location and beautiful mannequin photographs to the household snapshots and oh look, right here’s what I had for lunch photographs.

Why will we create?

There are additionally simply as many the explanation why we’re photographers, why we really feel compelled to create and what motivates us to choose up our cameras on daily basis to create artwork. How usually do you consider this? How usually do you replicate again on the pictures you’ve taken and take into consideration the the explanation why you’ve taken sure photos? What motivates you to share your photos?

Sure, all of us like receiving kudos, likes and hearts by way of social media however is that sufficient of a motive to create artwork? Shouldn’t there be extra to it than simply posting photos for different folks to love or not like? Shouldn’t we actually be taking pictures for ourselves? Creating from our hearts to seize the feelings and emotions that we noticed, felt and heard at that second we clicked the shutter? Isn’t that what you wish to share, the story of that second?

Technical or emotional?

When you’re getting into your photos in contests of any sort, are you getting into to please the judges or are you getting into for the win? For my part, the pictures you enter needs to be photos that you’re pleased with and that inform your story. These photographs that reveal your coronary heart and make these taking a look at them step again and suppose or really feel one thing. You’ll be able to have essentially the most technically excellent picture on this planet but when there is no such thing as a coronary heart or feeling behind it, it may well nonetheless be flat and uninspiring. Fairly, however uninspiring.


In fact, we would like folks to love us and our work — it’s human nature. However shouldn’t we be creating our artwork for ourselves, that’s the one approach others will really feel the that means of what you’re creating, in the event you do it for your self and put your self into it. There are billions of technically excellent photos on the market however they don’t imply something, they don’t inform a narrative, they haven’t any feeling. They’re simply fairly footage.

On the opposite aspect of that there are many photos on the market that aren’t technically excellent, blurred, out of focus, poor composition, over-processed and also you title it — belief me I’ve loads of these in my archives as properly. Why do I hold them? Why will we share the not-so-perfect photos? As a result of they imply one thing, they inform the story of that second, excellent or not. They assist us save our recollections of mates, household and locations.


How do you stand out

I not too long ago noticed a number of posts in my Fb stream from a number of photographer mates who had gone out taking pictures collectively. The photographs had been all very pretty, fairly, technically appropriate and edited properly. What stood out to me essentially the most although was simply how a lot every of the 4 folks shot virtually precisely the identical shot. It made me wish to scream, to be trustworthy.

The place is the individuality, the place is the creativity, the place are the feelings and emotions in these photos? The place is the one who shot it? None of those 4 people appeared to have taken the time to evaluate the situation, go searching to discover a totally different perspective, discover a totally different perspective. Had been they solely targeted on making a shot that everybody will ooh and ahh over? Would anybody have the ability to inform who shot which picture in the event you had all of them 4 aspect by aspect? Is that necessary?

Categorical you in your photos

I feel it’s essential as a photographer and artist for viewers to have the ability to pick your photos from the gang. To search out the “you” in your photos and acknowledge that as yours. In any other case, we’re all creating the identical factor and for what? I understand images can imply many issues to every of us, it’s our remedy, it’s a passion, it’s our job. It’s a artistic outlet that we have to hold ourselves sane. Regardless of why we take photos I nonetheless imagine we needs to be working to create our personal particular person signature. Create our personal fashion. After we exit with a bunch of photographers we needs to be striving to create and discover photos which might be distinctive.


Pictures is artwork. Artwork is communication. What are your pictures speaking? Just a few meals for thought, the subsequent time you decide up your digital camera to shoot a scene take into consideration why you’re taking that picture. Who’re you taking it for?