Anonymous asked: how do you consider any photo good? i mean what do they have to have?
Well… thanks for that “simple” question.
I have a hard time finding any singular quality a photo has to have, to work. It’s easier to gauge if it’s a commercial image I suppose, because then the purpose of the image is more or less defined. You know, selling something. A product or a feeling.
If a photo is a part of a series, I’d probably think a photo is good if it works well with the others. Which means that the photo has certain things in common with the rest of the series (which could be a narrative, aesthetics, or a sense of some underlying idea), but still adds something that the others don’t.
A good photo can have a number of qualities. But it doesn’t need more than one at any given time. This is about priorities, and what kind work you’re doing. For instance, good documentary work can have formal compositions or elaborate aesthetics if you want it too, but it doesn’t necessarily add anything to the subject-matter. It could well detract attention from what’s important about a photo. You know, are you thinking to yourself that “hey, this is a well made photo”, or are you thinking about the person or situation in the photo? What it’s supposed to be about? So I don’t think there’s any simple answer here.
Most good photos serves some kind of purpose. Regardless of whether the client is a company, a soon to be married couple, or yourself. I like to look at a photo and think that, here is a photographer that has made some choices. A photographer that has an area of interest, and that there’s some kind of visual rhetoric or story going on. It doesn’t have to be obvious and in-your-face, in fact, a lot of times it shouldn’t be.
But the most important thing for me is for a photo to make me feel something. And I think regardless of what is within the frame of your camera, there are ways to make a photo evocative, based on how you approach that person, landscape, pattern, etc. And here everyone just has to play to their strengths, challenge themselves now and then, and take a lot of photos.
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Pretty sure that’s the last time I work on this track. Turned out okay I think.