Friday, December 7, 2018

The Power Of Both Perspectives And Perspective In Photography

N.B   The date for this post is set in the future as blogger puts the most recent post to the top of the page and I want this post to remain at the top so I've had to jiggle the date to circumvent this problem. 

My other blog Out and About documenting many of the locations I've visited since commencing photography mid 2011. A work in retrospect.

I believe that photography, like life, is subjective. It is our life perspective which impacts upon our decisions, our relationships, and our actions. This perspective has been moulded from our life experience, and to a great extent the perspective has become ingrained, either knowingly or unknowingly. This life perspective affects our interpretations of both images and words. This life perspective impacts on the photographic perspectives we choose when composing shots. Or is it all really just about creativity and intuition ?

Are these labels fair, or is it simply a dog versus cat perspective?


  1. Nice post - and blog! "photography, like life, is subjective" - true. I guess the creativity comes in when by chance or design one perspective resonates with lots of other people in significant ways, though at least some creativity must be tied to quite objective considerations like shutter speed, focus etc.

  2. Hello Gordon,
    I imagine you there sitting overseeing your beautiful property, or underneath that fig tree!
    Yes I agree there is scope for so many creative facets in any shot, not the least of which is choice of subject matter. Purists often deride the photographer who lives on auto mode, but I can see both perspectives. I believe my current addiction is fuelled by its serendipitous possibilities- those elements of chance and experimentation which always seem to seduce me. 'Resonates significantly' is a powerful choice of words. I like that. And that resonation may be on a variety of levels too: emotional, spiritual, physical. I happily admit to pointing and shooting on occasion, never knowing what effect I may capture. Needless to say this wouldn't be recommended practice for those whose income is dependent on the results achieved.
    Perhaps the concept of connectivism is alive and kicking in the photographic world (blissfully free of scholarly references or constraints) a world where emotions and subjectivity may have great relevance and where experience is definitely the best teacher.