It’s easy to take ugly photos, but it’s also easy to take beautiful photos. Photos that are esthetically completely correct. And in that sense, it’s hard to take ugly photos. Photos that aren’t taken to be beautiful, but are taken to tell a story. I can’t not forget about esthetics, and that’s something I want to change. It’s not that just want to go around and take ugly pictures because that is too easy. No, I want to go around and tell stories, and let that be the number one reason I’m showing you a photo. Not because the building on it is so beautiful and the composition is 100% according to the rules. No, story first, esthetics later. And form follows function, because if the story is interesting enough, then the photo because esthetically beautiful because of the story that’s told.
Here’s a selection of three photos I took during the urban safari with my friends from my D4 photoclub. The first photo was taken purely esthetically. I wanted to play with the rain on the ground, it’s basically playing with architecture and reflection. It’s an ok photo, I’m happy about it, looks nice and stuff, but it’s so… empty. You look at it, think ‘ok well nice’, and then you move on. The next picture is already more of a story, I think. Well, at least I tried to tell a small story. There’s this building (in the harbor of Rotterdam, by the way) all covered in graffiti, and if you look closely at the photo, there’s this guy working on a piece. I think the photo turned out ok both story-wise and esthetically. Well, at least I tried. The third photo is telling a story too (I was so intrigued by the dirty matress, what as it doing there, was someone actually sleeping out there in the cold?) but esthetically I’m not happy with it. So does that mean I didn’t tell the story right, or did I tell the story right but there’s no way you can’t completely forget about composition and stuff?
I don’t know, it’s an interesting thing to think about and work on, something which is good for me to explore (heck, I’d even contemplated being a warphotographer once because of the stories you can tell!) since I feel I lack something when I’m just trying to take pretty pictures… I guess there’s just so much more to photography than just that (pretty pictures), and I’m so at the beginning of learning all these things, even though I’ve been doing it for ages now. Well, lots of things to think about and explore! (Please share your thoughts on this matter, I’d love to hear what you think!)