What's going on?

Discussion in 'Street' started by Tom Dinning, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Tom Dinning

    Tom Dinning Active Member

    What's going on here?

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    At first glance, my answer was "nothing much". But then I stayed a little longer, and slowly a whole bunch of narratives unfolded. The main journey, as I see it here, is from the child in the push chair to the old guy in the wheelchair, with the word "mind" standing watching. The inbetween stuff is just the stuff of life.
     
  3. Tom Dinning

    Tom Dinning Active Member

    "The photograph is between the paper and the place" my Old Man, sometime last century.

    "just the stuff of life",
    Rob? That's like a doctor telling me " it's just blood" as he amputates my leg.

    One reason why we take photos is to provide an explanation, to explain, to show others what is going on. In most cases we stop the clock and describe visually, just a moment of what is happening. So, how can we know what is going on?

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  4. Tom Dinning

    Tom Dinning Active Member

    Explanatory photos aren't like instruction manuals. Words clarify, photos stimulate and amplify. Interpretation of words is related to our vocabulary and an understanding of semantics. Interpreting what's going on in a photo relies on experience and familiarity.
    We present a photo and say "look what's happening here" and you'll get a thousand answers from a thousand people.
    Is it possible to take a photo where everyone agrees on what is happening?

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  5. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    No.
     
  6. Tom Dinning

    Tom Dinning Active Member

    Our visual cortex emphasizes different things at different times.
    We take more interest at first in:
    Big over little
    Sharp over blurred
    Moving over still
    Close over distant
    Faces
    Eyes
    Eye contact
    Yellow
    Strong contrast
    Strong geometry
    Personal interests
    Opposite sex
    And a string of other things.
    If we allow these to dominate our vision we miss a shitload.
    If you're a photographer, you pride yourself on paying attention to detail.
    If you're a viewer, do the same thing. Photos can reveal more on second glance than you might think. Then listen to the voice inside. It will fill in the gaps.
     

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  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    You should have aimed higher though Tom. You missed where the arrow was pointing! ;)

    Interesting as always.
     
  8. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    Yes, where nothing is going on but the breeze of the wind, the clear blue sky above you with the sun's warmness shines on you as you lie down on your back in the grass;)
     
  9. Tom Dinning

    Tom Dinning Active Member

    Unless you're dead
     

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