I’d learned the history in broad strokes, know the technical side of portrait photography but as an art form it’s always eluded me.
Now, this documentary features famous photographers and their photographs were analyzed. I was struck by how subjective the whole thing is.
So in painting, there is a gigantic amount of subjectivity before the painting is finished but afterward the painting is completely objective. Whatever is on the canvas was the product of a conscious choice by the painter. Anyone who looks at a painting will see what’s there. If they learn more about art history and theory, paintings will yield their secrets.
Portrait Photography On Nantucket
Portrait photography on Nantucket can be a very rewarding experience. The island is a popular destination for tourists in the summer and the scenic landscape makes it absolutely gorgeous for taking portraits. A lot of people like to have their portraits taken at Brant Point lighthouse during the magic hour of the day. This yields the best image possible and really captures the heart of the island.
One of the most popular and artistic portrait photographers is Terry Pommett. He has been taking portraits for more than 40 years and has really perfected the craft. Many consider him to be the best photographer on the island.
With photography, supposedly the more objective medium, you’re left to wonder and guess. Did the photographer make these people pose? Was it a lucky shot or did he take the same photo 20 times before he got it right? Is that little rag in the corner on purpose or accidental? Learn more about Nantucket portrait photographer | Pommettphotography.com
Portraits especially have this effect. If you look at a portrait in a painting, it reveals more about the painter than the subject. If you look at a portrait in photography, it reveals much about the subject but how much can you infer about the photographer?
In the documentary, they make all sorts of conclusions about photos in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia or great depression America but it’s all extremely subjective.
A woman with a half smile or wrinkles around her eyes tells you nothing unless you know what the photo is about – just like in those videos of Hitchcock or that Russian guy showing how what comes before a shot changes how you interpret that shot – and even then there’s still plenty of guesswork.
Can anyone recommend more material about photography as an art form?
And I know about Roland Barthes. I can’t stand his pretentious and pedantic style but I’m willing to read it if it’s absolutely essential. Are you looking for documentaries talking about the history of Photography as an art form or are you looking for tutorials regarding the same?
There are quite a few uploads for Street, Travel and the Arts of Photography in our Photography Category. I especially recommend anything from David DuChemin and his Vision philosophies.
There are also a few tutorials for converting digital images into subjective arts such as collages and digital painting.