Thursday, October 29, 2009

What do you look for in Photos?

Something that Joerg Colberg wrote on his blog Conscientious recently, on what he looks for in photography, struck a chord with me. 

"Transformative photography is photography that changes you as a person, that asks questions (instead of answering them). You're not the same person any longer after you've looked at it - and given the nature of this experience, it usually cannot be depleted (even though it might become weaker with time)."

This is something I strive for in my work.  I don't think I am there yet (although I don't know if I would know it if I was either) but I think its a very good explanation, and is a great goal to work towards as a photographer.  This is also something that I look for when looking at others work - photos that resonate so strongly that I do not forget them, and that somehow change me, my thoughts or my perceptions.  I love a challenge, and I love things that don't make sense, at least not in an obvious way.

What do you strive for in your own work?  What do you look for in photos?

The Ending of a Story II
"Words can fill your soul but all your pages turn away"
Holga, Ilford HP5 film
Self portrait, 2009


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