The subjectivity of photography

Published November 7th, 2012

One of the things I like the most about photography is the degree of subjectivity it has.

As time goes by and as more photo I shoot, I understand why Gary Winogrand did the thing he did. He did not develop his films by a minimum of a year, in orther to detach him self emotionally from his pictures, to loose subjectivity. Although I think it is an exageration doing it for thak long time, it is good to let this emotion pass, at least for some time. Think this is one of the benefits shooting film, you take some time from shooting to developing to scanning or printing your shoot. I have to infer here that this one of the huge advantages of shooting film.

So, how much time is the optimum to hold photos before tweeking them? Well that is, I think, on personal basis, but at least a 2 week span will be a good one. Yes I know that Eric Kim has talked about this issue on his blog, but I did not wanted to let it pass one I have mentioned the theme.

To get back with subjectivity, this shot, A nap among books, has had quite a good response and that feels good. Well it is always good to see ones work been liked. This guy since I saw him in the second floor of the Library, asleep I knew I had to take his photo, I used my iPhone, my film camera and my digital (almost everytime I go out to shoot I carry film and digital). I shoot him from several different angles, I did not wanted to miss the shot. By the way, he never wake up.

Inmediatelly, I started to manipulate the shot in the iPhone to post it in Instagram, and reaching home saw the photo in camera LCD. I had high hopes for this one, but this hopes took me, mentaly, to an utipoc shot and non of the ones I shoot fulfill my hopes. Left the camera aside somewhat dissapointed.

Yesterday I looked at the photos again and move some brightness and contrast and decided to post it, amazingly suprised about the reaction.

Time does matter, it is esential for the shutter, it is essential for the light to hit film or sensor. Time is essence.

So, time is all we need to leave aside feelings and see our photographs differently, with another degree of subjectivity, because I think that with our own shots we will never be objective.

And to grab some old saying which is now trending again: Keep Calm, there is time.

A nap among books

At the library of MUAC

  • October 28th, 2012
  • Panasonic DMC-G3
  • 15mm / f/5.6 / 1/320 sec

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