Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston. The author spends a lot of time explaining just how different and unique photography is. Edward Weston begins his essay by stating that all art forms have their limitations imposed on them by their tools, materials or the processes. I read Edward Weston’s “Seeing Photographically” essay years ago. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital.
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This is LyAnn by the way, sorry. All this being said in regards fdward the article, I am able to understand his thought process more clearly now. Instead, composition is more about creating the best way to present a certain subject. Like any artistic method, photography takes time and effort to learn and appreciate its craft.
September 19, at Email required Address never made public. So, the process of creating photographs is different than the process with other forms of art.
Although it is easier said than done, the greatest and most successful edwardd today are those who show uniqueness and originality in their photographs. January 29, at In other writings he refers to these photographers as “those fuzzy wuzzies”. I believe that is what virtual reality needs today. Notify me of new comments via email. Meaning, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of his tools and processes.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. November 26, at 3: This excerpt by Edward Weston asserts how different photography is, and argues the modest details that people overlook when criticizing photography as an art form. What separates photography from other practices such as painting and sculpture is time.
I have always thought the true art of photography is seeing something in it simplest form and then capturing it through a photograph. The technical process of photography, from the moment an individual decides edwarc take a photograph until the development of it, needs time, effort, and personality.
One also must block out any and all formula, art-dogma, rules, and taboos.
I surprised myself when I read this essay. I had never thought about how that in those mediums the artist can spend as long as the want on a piece, changing it as they go, but in photography, the process is much faster. In a world where most photographers mimic paintings with their art, he wants to produce a realistic representation.
Edward Weston was pushing limits past the average photograph, and this must be why his artwork is widely appreciated. Weston goes on to say that in order to understand why the painterly approach is not compatible with the nature of the medium we need to look at: However, for a photographer their art is crafted in the seconds they take their shot through the camera and the lens captures everything within its field of vision.
He talks about how the mechanical way a camera works is similar to how an instrument is mechanical. A good photographer should master one piece of equipment at a time because most tend to sort of understand, then move on to the next. He says that perhaps singers could come together and tell musicians that the sounds that they record and produce aren’t art because of the mechanics of their instruments.
Surely, it will phootgraphically be difficult to capture a moment with only a camera and seelng other tool. Many photographers are not able to master this craft as they realize they must handle many different elements such as lighting and angles, yet they have not mastered their own equipment.
I think I can actually appreciate it more now that I have a greater understanding of the elements of photography and the abilities it takes to take a great picture. This reading began with information about Edward Weston. After reading this article I understand more how taking a photo is considered to be art. You are commenting using your Photograpbically account.
Notify me of new posts via email. I believe in this a lot. I feel that Wston is being far too one sided in his argument and the essay has been written at a time when Group f64 were trying set themselves up in opposition to the Pictorialists; it is, perhaps, a dig at them. He mentions that there is so much that goes into a photograph, the position of the camera, the setting, lighting, etc and all of these things are what makes a photograph art.
Once the image has been instantaneously captured, he maintains, there are certain qualities that separate it from other forms of art: I’m not saying that music and photography isn’t art, but it just made photgoraphically things of all seeimg ways photoggaphically which the original piece can be edited. This is then later connected within the article to the root cause of the art forms misconception. In addition to the above discussion, I also found Weston’s description about the two basic factors photigraphically the photographic process that set it apart from other graphic arts to be really enlightening.
It is about virtual reality. This intrigued me, as I myself have been trained in fine arts for the past 3 years, and have pondered the same ideas myself while creating works in the painting studio.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. When I see a great photograph, it tells a story and makes me think. There is a long and difficult process behind it.
Newer Post Older Post Home. Edward Weston — Seeing Photographically I feel like this article raised a lot of questions as to what makes art, art, how much of art is premeditated and how much of it is fluid and free flowing.
In photography, the image is caught in a single moment, and thus, this form of art requires a lot of practice and talent. So that every decision one makes when creating an image is intentional.