I feel that all art consists one basic thing: a story (or a why). To tell this story you need three more basic things: a subject (what), technique (how), and style (how again). For an effective piece, each of these components should be the result of a conscious decision.
In photography the subject is usually pretty clear; it’s what you are taking a pictue of. The subject should be obvious when looking at a photo, but not every photo has a clear subject. That’s where many snapshots are lacking. When you casually snap a photo of a scene in front of you, your eye might know where to look, but the eye of an objective viewer may not. The subject may be where most of your story is. A clear focal point will draw the viewer in and put them into whatever story it is that you are trying to tell. How is that subject made more clear? Technique and style…
Lo-fi photography: expired film, toy cameras, plastic lenses, Holgas, Dianas, Lomos. The internet is riddled with lo-fi photography, and like all photography there is good and bad. My major issue with lo-fi photography is that so many people seem to be careless in taking pictures, relying on the vignetting, over-saturation, light leaks, and all the other imperfections, for all the interest in their photos. But in the same way that fashionable clothes won’t mask body odor and great presentation doesn’t make food taste any better, so low fidelity doesn’t make a photo good. Continue reading