Perspective - Five Minute Friday
It's how I see. It is my sight. My line of vision.
It's what is importnat to me in a scene. It's that moment that is different by a hair of a second from the next.
It is my way of seeing and then presenting my world.
My perspective is my interpretation of my vision.
My perspective, is always developing.
Recently I was asked to write about how I take my photographs, the settings I use, the equipment, etc. The question threw me and for several days. I wondered, how do I answer that? What is the answer? Do I have the answer? Is there an answer?
The answer I came up with was all to do with perspective - yours, mine, someone elses.
If I was to stand with a group of people, we all had the opportunity to take the same picture, with the same settings, the same equipment, none of us would actually take the same picture. Or leave the process after editing with the same picture. Every photograph would be varied, a slightly different angle, a tone highlighted, a more prominent shadow, some would be BW, some would be vibrant colour, some would capture that split second moment, that is the money shot, others would be miles out.
This is because of perspective. There may be similarities in how we see the world, but actually our perspectives are different, our sight is different, our vision, our height, what we look for, what catches our eye first in any scene.
Photography is all about perspective. And, yes of course, we can learn about it. We can read about it, we can be taught. We can understand its rules and its principles, we can put them into action. How we position the camera, how we set it up, how we edit, how we present our images all of this can be learnt. But there will always be some who innately see things with a different perspective. Who's interpretation is new, fresh, different.
It is about vision. It is instinctive. It is a way to see the world through a lense. I am not sure that an instinctive nature can be taught. Yes, it can be improved upon, it can be developed, but that innate ability to pick up a camera and get the shot, the money shot within a matter of moments. I think that comes from inside us.
Don't get me wrong I am always learning, always stretching my mind, thinking about new ways to see things, questioning how I have seen before, trying new things, looking at new settings, learning and learning and learning, about the technicalities of photography - and they still baffle me at times - trying to improve my vision, working on my perspective. But my perspective is there, developed over years of taking pictures, years of working with images, years of learning, years of trying, years of studying perspective in art, in design and I still feel I have so far to go, so much to learn.
So much to see!
What is your perspective - how do you look at things? Do you think something innate can be taught?
P52 - Mum
I have chosen some of my favourite pictures of mum for the P52 prompt. The first shot is of her with her mum, the second of my Mums in which I adore the colour and vibrancy which jumps out of the shot and reflects her, and the third is of my mum on the Irish Mother's day, with Sarah, Brian, Roxy & Naomi.
That's it for now ...
Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable
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