Guys – Some interesting thoughts on photography.

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Every photographs tells a story, the old adage goes. It’s a wonderful cliché, it’s a horrible cliché, and it’s most certainly not true. What stories do these photographs of my grandfather tell me? Having looked at them for so long now (a few years) I’m still not an inch closer to knowing anything about the man.

—Joerg Colberg, Meditations on Photographs:
Josef Nowak by an unknown photographer

I really liked this post since Colberg manages to put his thumb right on one of the things which bothers me most about a lot of photographs—in particular vernacular photographs. Between the rosy past which old photographs hint at and the way we’re trying to ape that look with hipstagram filters in digital photos, we’re trying and struggling to get our photos to tell a story through just their appearance.

Most photography has always been personal. We make personal images for our personal…

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  1. Great resource! Lots of useful stuff.
    “Every photo tells a story”. This is true. But what’s the story? How does the viewer interpret your image?
    It may be, “Look at the new filters I found on Photoshop/Snapchat/Instaface etc.” Or “My world is madness & desolation – US forces evacuate me while they burn my village in Vietnam”.
    I’m surprised Colberg got no insights into his grandfather: I love studies of old faces, you can ready the toil, the sorrows, sometimes the joys.
    An analogy could be unwanted objects in a shot. I took a picture of my friend, who now has a palm tree growing out of his head. The “story” in the image is there; you have to identify it (the FLOTUS dancing image is a good example), & it’s not necessarily the creator’s intended tale!

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