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    I made a homemade book of some of my photographs for my Dad for Christmas. On the page opposite each photograph, I told a story about it. I can't decide which part is my favorite, the stories or the photographs. One is certainly not the same without it's counterpart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Hahn
    ... One of my favorite pictures shows three ducks swimming along in a horizontal stripe of light tones, leaving dark wakes, above that stripe is the dark stripe of reflected trees and the trees themselves, then there is the light horizontal stripe of the sky. It's like a layer cake. I never realized the power of the alternating tones, and when complimented on the picture, I had to admit that all I was thinking when i snapped the picture was "Oo, look at the duckies."...


    I'm usually just looking at the duckies myself. I'll bet we're not the only ones ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt miller
    I made a homemade book of some of my photographs for my Dad for Christmas. On the page opposite each photograph, I told a story about it. I can't decide which part is my favorite, the stories or the photographs. One is certainly not the same without it's counterpart.

    i am the same way matt

    i usually have a story that goes with each photograph that i have printed ... sometimes it is about how i made a fool of myself when i took the stranger, or indian chief or politico's portrait, or how i was nearly attacked by a savage beast or that guy that could have played a role in "the deliverance" when i was in the woods documenting mill ruins, or when the police must have stopped and chatted with me 15 times in a 20 minute span when i was "on the street" or what happened when i was hired to do surveilance work or almost dropped 300 feet to the bottom of a drained quarry or ...

    each photograph is like a film still of what happened to me during the time i was exposing the film, processing, printing or goofing off in the darkroom ... it kind of like listeing to a certain record, and having memories associated (good or bad) with whatever song is being played ---

    -john

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    Hmm. I suppose that if the image can't stand on its own, then a story might help sell it. But if the image can't stand on its own, what good is it?

    Put it another way, a family snapshot can have great emotional significance for close relatives even if the image is weak. All strangers can see in it , though is the image's weakness. Why should a stranger buy the snapshot, or, if given it, give it wall space?

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    Most people don't think about their photos to a degree deeper than some technical minutiae and the identity of the objects in front of the camera. Here is a waterfall. Here is my mom. The blacks are full dmax. Sad but true. Thankfully not universal.



    I made this photo becasue I saw the collisions of pattern and color.
    I ran across the park because I saw the possibility it would occur.
    I was out making photographs to fight my sadness over a personal loss.
    It made me happy to know the world contained this.

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    Maybe I misworded things. It as been a long day and I am not very articulate anyway.

    I am not talking about meaning for story. No theme or great statement. I mean simply what drew the photographer to a specific site. What thoughts they went through in their composition efforts.

    Not necessarily AA running around looking for a broken meter and throwing crap out of the car. This is the how. What I consider the "Story", and the "Why" is how come the sky is so big in that image.

    Is this worded better?
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke
    Most people don't think about their photos to a degree deeper than some technical minutiae and the identity of the objects in front of the camera. Here is a waterfall. Here is my mom. The blacks are full dmax. Sad but true. Thankfully not universal.



    I made this photo becasue I saw the collisions of pattern and color.
    I ran across the park because I saw the possibility it would occur.
    I was out making photographs to fight my sadness over a personal loss.
    It made me happy to know the world contained this.
    Yeah, that is what I mean.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    The technical details about the photograph can be interesting. I also like to know what moved the photographer to select that spot or place.

    Is it a personal emotional feeling the photographer has or is it just a pretty photograph that might make others happy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHannon
    Is it a personal emotional feeling the photographer has or is it just a pretty photograph that might make others happy?
    For a lot of my pictures, I can say that something struck me about the scene at the time I took it. I can't define what that something is or was, but it sounds like something that falls in the above category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avandesande
    DF, I see your point, but there is a market reality that must be considered. Without the daybooks, would Weston's work be selling for what it is now? Even the title 'Pepper #30' gives you an idea of the struggle he went through to make his images. Art does not live in a vacum.
    Without Weston's images, Daybooks would have no market. Not the other way around. Weston dominated the planet of photography in a way few of us comprehend.

    As for market reality, well... I don't make my pictures for a market, I make them because I must, and do my best to speak to a viewer through my heart and soul.. and picture. Market considerations are irrelevent.

    Shooting for a market, I guess I'd sell shoes.

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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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