Yesterday I read an article that stated that photography is often not seen as art, because everyone thinks they can do it. The easily affordable plethora of high quality digital cameras only reinforces this view. After my recent walks on the High Line, I would have to agree. Every second person is shooting photos with a digital camera.
So what makes one photo stand out above another, beyond just our personal taste?
Composition – including lighting, exposure, color or contrast – is of course a major factor, as is story.
My personal goal in posting a photo of the day every day is to get farther away from snapshots and closer to art; to compose my photos and let them tell a story, relying as little on photo-editing software as possible. (If I had space for one, I’d be a darkroom devotee even in this age of digital.)
Not every day is a success, but as Maya’s former art teacher always said, “Practice makes progress.”
One of my favorites so far is this one, titled “Dancers”: