Yeah, I said it. There’s no scientific proof. I didn’t take a poll (though considering most of my Facebook friends are photographers, I think we all know which way that poll would go *wink*wink*). And as subjective as art is, so are opinions, but let me defend my statement.
This post started in my head while I was scrolling through my (personal) Instagram account (something I tend to do on days I have to practice extra patience with the kiddos…it reminds me of all the joy they bring me and the get adventures we’ve had…and not to sell them on the black market).
I’ll start with my scientific reasoning. Cameras see light differently than our eyes do. The simple explanation: our brains are way smarter than any man made object (duh). A camera can only be set to one aperture/exposure/iso to capture a moment in time. Our eyes/brain can interpret a range of exposures to compensate for any shadows and highlights (humans are pretty incredible…but don’t get me started). A photographer can look at a scene/moment and see it for what it is and we can also see it for what it could be (as a photograph). And what’s that saying: “Variety is the spice of life?”
Edit. Edit. Edit. Any photographer that’s photographed in a less than ideal location (we’ve all been there), knows how important editing is. No, I’m not talking about post production (“photoshop” for all you non-photographers reading), I’m talking about what you show in a photo and what you edit out. Like this photo:
Had I not chosen a silhouette, you’d probably see a living space filled with legos, puzzles and any other shenanigans Gavin had been up to that morning. Or this one:
I edited out the hundreds of people and buildings surround us and focusing on the carefree spirit of my little Gavin. Takes me back to a simpler way of life (clothing optional). I tend to have tunnel vision. I see something beautiful, and that’s all I see. I don’t see the trashcan over flowing with garbage or the broken fence. I just see the light radiating off of Gavin as he crashes down the hill, barely able to keep his feet underneath himself.
E d i t . E d i t . E d i t .
The first one was taken next to a busy street (he always runs out to meet Daddy when he comes home from work). The second one, there is literally someone in the photo (but I was so busy enjoying the dancing lights, I didn’t even notice he was in the shot until after I took it). The third: taken over bumper to bumper traffic in downtown San Diego (I wasn’t driving).
I could chase a stray bean of light for countless hours…just ask my husband.
Becoming a better photographer has made the small moments, the “dull” moments, almost any moment in life much more beautiful and much more interesting. Hopefully you too can find the beauty amongst the chaos.
I saw this wonderful Apple commercial this morning and could totally relate. Sometimes capturing the beauty we’re surrounded by is the best way we know how to show those around us that we love them.
Merry, merry Christmas. May your hearts be as full as your Instagram feeds.