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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Photography: An Art Or A Passion

By Jacob Ross

Do you have a hawk eye for perfection? Do you look for something extraordinary even in ordinary things? If yes, then Photography is your passion.

Photography is multi - dimensioned. For some it's a mere capture of beauty & for some it's an art to make the world around them beautiful by their skills of photography. It is a unique and creative medium of self-expression. It is an art form requiring aesthetic sense as well as technical expertise. Being a creative medium, photography requires more of inherent talent for success. It requires appreciation of the art & a passion to grow in it.

Compared to other arts, Photography is capable of capturing the flying moment, the fixed and never-changing moment of reality. Photography breaks the pace of the world we live in. It is an art of playing with reality, an art of manipulating & beautifying the nature around us. Photographers decide what to take a photo of, what elements to exclude and what angle to frame the photo. Along with the context that a photograph is received in, photography is definitely a subjective form.

It is rightly said that the artist should never write about his art - the artist speaks in terms of his medium. A great photographer can speak about his art through his work. His vision & skills come alive in the world captured by him.

Photography can be a medium to enhance one's technical expertise or to satify one's creative aspirations. A photographer is not the one who merely captures & puts across the beauty around him, instead he is the one who captures the most non - appealing subject & turns it into the most appreciated art form.

The concept of Photography hasn't been well understood yet. For some people, a photograph is an optically accurate impression of the world, for others, it is mainly a way of remembering people and places. Some view it as a sign of bourgeois life, a kind of addiction of the middle class, whilst others see it as a troublesome interloper that has confused people's ideas of reality and fine art to the point that they have difficulty even defining what a photograph is. For some, the whole question of finding photography's nature is itself misguided from the beginning.

Photography as its basic definition goes is the art of bringing still life alive. This product of human creativity was created by many scientists and enthusiast who wanted to learn more about this strange technique of capturing light. While photography has been in the art world since the early 20th century, many artists still argue that photography is the mechanical reproduction of an image, a place, a thing, its exact reproduction.

But the question remains can any photo ever be perfect capture? This has been debated all along and the answer to this is still unknown.

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