At least part of the fun of photography, for me, is shooting frequently-shot subjects, and seeing if I can produce a reasonably original, and somewhat personal, image. As Sontag said in 1977, it seems like everything has already been photographed (!) which isn’t true at all, but the ubiquity of cameras certainly pushes us to try harder to see the world uniquely.
NOTE: I say in the show that it’s “contests” that might be restricting content, but i misspoke - what i meant to say was that certain kinds of “crits” (short for “critiques”: photographic feedback sessions with experts) have ‘mentors’ who will specify their fields of interest and, frequently, subjects of which they have no interest.
Regardless, the subject matter we are drawn to, but may need to push ourselves to make novel: nudes, cemeteries, monuments and statues, old people, the homeless, chipping paint, flowers, pets… these are all photogenic by nature (and to be honest, i love shooting all of them) just realize what you’re up against. If you’re trying to distinguish your pictures from the crowd, particularly in contests, these are subject matter that will make it hard to impress professionals.
Photography isn’t looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
—Don McCullin, war photographer
Rookie Post Production
“Bokeh” and try not to use that word…
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