January 3rd, 2014
Life is truly a mix of turn events. One second you have everything you’ve ever wanted, the next it’s gone. This is very true. We do not know what will happen or when a certain moment can last. We do not know what can and will happen to us, the world and everything else. We do not even know what will happen in the next hour, minute and even second. We just do not know. But, capturing such event can be possible for a picture can say a thousand words.
Truly we do not know a lot. But, once we know or we are experiencing, we can note them down. We can even save those moments and put them in still art. Before all the other kinds of arts emerged, photos were primarily used to document events – important events happening around the world.
Photos are best used in capturing instances worth to remember – may it be good or bad memories. And, most of all, photos can be an insight on how a photographer sees the world. Besides the different usage of photos, it still boils down to the main purpose of this mechanism which is ART.
But what makes a photo an art?
The Subject. No matter what the color, time, event or what have you, the most important part of a picture is its subject. A subject can be a lot of things. But once a photo has a subject, it can portray a lot of dimensions pertaining to that subject. A subject enables the audience to focus on the picture. It allows the people to see what the photographer wants them to see. Through having a subject, it gives the people a certain focus to what really is the main story of that art.
Without the subject, a photo can be hard to decipher, it can be all over the place.
The Message. Now that one can see the subject, what makes a picture worthy is the story it conveys. Since a photo can be interpreted in numerous ways, there will always be a common story which the photographer will be focusing on. Through knowing the real story, people will truly appreciate what the photographer really wants to show them – realities of life – good or bad.
A picture can truly capture an event, a moment. And, it can tell the stories of the realities in life. And, yes, there would be times that a picture can have a lot of subjects. There would be even circumstances that the subject cannot be seen. But, it is only a photo with a clear message and focus that can truly make a difference. It is through these instances that the scenes are really captured and made eternal. It is only through these that pictures are really worth it.
Not the selfies, vain and even provocative photos can match these ones. Only these elegant and even tragic real life moments can make a picture worth it to be called art.
And, this is what we call the art of photography.