Thursday, August 20, 2015

Feelings and Emotions in Photography. Part 1. Photographers.

Photography is a very personal thing.
Is it possible to not get involved emotionally when taking photographs?
With camera in their hands photographers want to get closer to their subjects, not only physically closer, but emotionally closer.

 How often photographers use landscapes, portraits and even abstract images as the metaphors for joy, fear or desire…
They fill the frames of their photographs not only with trees or buildings; they fill their photographs with feelings, energy, mystique aura…

The following quotes have been contributed to the feelings and emotions of photographers.

“Pictures... are also opinions... [they] set down what the camera operator sees and he sees what he wants to see and what he loves and hates and pities and is proud of.” ( John Steinbeck)
“What use is having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?” (W. Eugene Smith)
“My work is never intellectual. I never make a negative unless emotionally moved by my subject.”  (Edward Weston)
“You don’t see the things you photograph, you feel them.” (André Kertész)
“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”  (Yousuf Karsh)
“Photography for me is not 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.” (Donald McCullin)
 “ ... I feel it’s the heart, not the eye, that should determine the content of the photograph. What the eye sees is its own. What the heart can perceive is a very different matter.” (Gordon Parks)
“ Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate.”(Dorothea Lange)
 “If you are not passionately devoted to an idea, you can make very pleasant pictures but they won’t make you cry.” (Ruth Bernhard)

Thank you for reading!
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