What do you want to achieve from your photographs?

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by michael_cunningham|5, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. If you have to give someone a one sentence answer as you what it is you want to achieve from a photograph, or your photographs collectively, what would that be?
    I will take a shot myself ...

    "For me it would be to elicit questions, feelings or mystery in the viewer ... if you like a desire to explore."
     
  2. ... 'achieve' rankles ... but I will answer anyway.
    I'm a conduit for condensations out of the firmament.
     
  3. Making photographs helps me learn how to see.
     
  4. Nothing deep - just something that makes me happy.
     
  5. Makes me happy to create images that manifest my vision and/or help recall memories - the more so if others can relate to the images too (and even better if I can make truckloads of money with them).
     
  6. Documenting the most boring and mundane places, people and things of the 21st Century. I live in Iowa, so there's no shortage.
    :)
     
  7. To intensify my appreciation of living in the now always mindful it can change as quickly as a shutter release but linger in my mind for what seems an eternity knowing the photo will always appear mysteriously different but fresh years later reminding me I will change along with my perception as the now of the past becomes the now of the future looking at the prints or online gallery.
    I photograph to show how it changes reality to me and hopefully to others. When I look back through all my images I want them to make me feel and/or say to myself..."What is this place? It's like nothing I've ever seen before but I swear I was there when I tripped the shutter. I've made my mundane local surroundings the local town folk seem to take for granted feel like a dream".
    Have I achieved that? I think so.
     
  8. Satisfaction.
     
  9. Photography to me is a means of expression as I ride the arrow of time
     
  10. A reflection of my exploration. The iconic stuff is there, but it doesn't count for much :>).
    Les
     
  11. Capture interesting things to share with others.
     
  12. Make people interested.
     
  13. If you feel the need answer that question....
     
  14. Just the experience of engaging in the process ...
     
  15. Enjoyment.
    Where is Fred G in the world.
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  16. Sort of like the folk in my posted photo.
     
  17. Allen, I think it's your turn to start a new thread. Been a while. Come on, give us something to read ...
    How about, in contrast to your caption above "humanity ... us," this description of inner city life:
    "Life is going to work, coming home, making sure every entrance is firmly locked ... man is wolf to man and every night is a full moon." [filmmaker Charles Burnett]​
     
  18. "Allen, I think it's your turn to start a new thread. Been a while. Come on, give us something to read ..." Julie
    Indeed it has been a time...let me ponder on that thought for a while.
    "How about, in contrast to your caption above "humanity ... us," this description of inner city life:" Julie
    "Life is going to work, coming home, making sure every entrance is firmly locked ... man is wolf to man and every night is a full moon." [filmmaker Charles Burnett]
    Contains a truth but only offering a very limited horizon....we are about so much more.​
     
  19. For this person within a world where people place great value in beauty, landscape and nature photography, has been a vehicle that over years over decades, has evolved and sharpened my ability to better sense, experience, and relate to visual aesthetic beauty that I can then share with others as photographs.

    David
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  20. I shoot two kinds of photography:
    1. Portraits on my DSLR of various types, where my aim is to create images that the client loves. I enjoy this type of photography but mostly it's just there to keep my hobby somewhat self-sustaining.

    2. Personal work which is almost all done on various formats of film. This focuses on nature, where my goal is to capture photos that contain at least part of the emotion of what it's like to BE in that place and admire the beauty of it. I like experimenting with new ways to help the experience of viewing one of my photos convey the experience better, and for that reason I've been shooting and printing a lot of orthostereo photographs lately.
     
  21. I want people to be looking at my pics for as long as civilization exists - it's based on losing myself in books as a child and feeling that the authors were still alive and I living through them. As an adult, I added science to my icons, so I want to be a new Isaac Newton, too. Taking photos with this in mind, I just try to follow my instincts in the hope that it will be the most engaging to people of my type of personality. I figure the sense of reward I feel from lining things up in various ways represents a sort of potential surface in a region of the brain that I am attempting to map. For the bigger project, I'm beginning to incorporate more photographers' work into my site as collaborators, since I'm rather limited in my taste and I want universal appeal. More brain exploration and reward comes from assigning and refining descriptions to create links between the pictures. I'm also working on a pure experimental science side project, taking pics of San Francisco landmarks from every direction to meld in a neural net someday.
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  22. I suppose my requirements are quite mundane - to refresh my memories of sights I have enjoyed in the past. If others like them, so be it, but this is not a contributory factor.
    Tony
     

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