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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Passengers

We meet a lot of people everyday while using the public transport. It is interesting to think that each of these people have a great history behind them. We generally and unconsciously tend to think that these people have a very short life story equivalent to the length of the time that our encounter lasts. However, each of these people have somehow the same amount of personal history as we do. As soon as we become conscious about that, their importance in our mind will be increased. Human mind works in mysterious ways.
I took this photo on the bus from West Edmonton Mall to university last week.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TB, James Nachtwey, and a photo essay

This is an example of a great photo essay. I believe, James Nachtwey did a fantastic job, as he always do, in telling the very sad story of the harsh life for the people infected with TB. This is an example of a successful photo essay that tells the story and makes the viewer care. One should not think that anyone who has the opportunity to go to those countries can come back with such a powerful story even if he has witnessed the same thing.

I put this on my blog for several reasons. First, I wanted to bring a great example of a photo essay. Second, after seeing this I could not remain silent and not spread the word. Third, I always wanted to post about James Nachtwey. I do not think I can ever post something to do justice to one of the most amazing war and documentary photographers of our time. I will post more of his work later. If you are interested in him, you can watch War Photographer, which is a documentary about him.




Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Story Telling

I was thinking about the evolution of my opinion about a good photograph through the years, then I realized that it has changed dramatically. There were many factors involved in changing my opinion and I am not going to go through them in this post. However, about the current state of my mind there are two things that I am sure of. First, I am sure about what I am interested in right now and the second thing is that it will be subject to a big evolution in the future. What I can tell you about it is that it is called "Story Telling".

Story telling is a way of taking photos. Photos from different genres can be subject to this type of photography. You can go from having story telling studio portraits to story telling war photographs. Even if we consider that you have a reasonable amount of control on the work that you are creating, you have very little control over the perception of the viewer and that is one of the factors that makes this very challenging. At a more complex level of story telling you will find photo essays. Photo essays take years and huge effort to create . Some photographers put their lives in jeopardy to create an essay. I hope I will find more time to talk about these things in detail in future.