The photographer, regardless of competing ideas, must be their first and most important audience. To put it another way, we must be the ones to determine why we make a photograph and whether that photograph succeeds at the purpose for which it was made. Duchemin, David. The Heart of the Photograph . Rocky Nook. Kindle Edition.
That intent, that way of seeing the world, is what we so often call vision, and rather than writing more about the idea of vision, I’d like you to consider asking yourself a different question: What do I want to accomplish with this photograph? Duchemin, David. The Heart of the Photograph . Rocky Nook. Kindle Edition.
So I am going back and trying to decide what I wanted to accomplish with the photographs I have taken. It seems to me that this is easier, although no more important, on photographs that you haven't looked at in a while. What I have found when looking back at photographs is that once you drop the idea of looking for the appreciation of others and focus on what you wanted when you made the photo you discover that you actually do know what you are doing.
I have always liked the photo above. Every chance I get I like to go to this kind of water park based on this (and some others) photo. Recently I showed it to a number of other photographers and they pointed out that it needed to be cropped differently. I would say that cropping was not something I did a lot in 2010. So I took another look with their suggestions in mind and cropped it. It is not like the one that they suggested but It is what I think I was trying to say when I took it. The fact that I don't remember what I was thinking when I made it is the point. This photograph reminds me of the joys of youth. The fact that the hero is looking right at me and making that gesture is fantastic. I cropped him off to the side as if he was running into the photo which he probably was. I also cropped it to focus more on him but also to show in the background the different ways the other kids were reacting. The gestures and the movement make this photo for me.
This photo was made on the same trip while I was in Portland Oregon. For some reason I had no problem making photos of strangers while on this trip. I guess it was because I was never going to see these people again. I did not crop this because it is grreat the way it is. I did enhance the colors some to better reflect what I remember. There is a sadness in the photo as well as a serenity. And there is the light!
Again I have always liked this photo but I found it hard to express why. My Mother loved it and painted a picture of it once I showed it to her. Then again she always did have a better artistic taste than I did.