Why do you make photos?

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1 on May 24, 2017

I make photos for two reasons. 

  • Photography has been an outlet to help me with anxiety caused from having ADHD. When I’m in the creative process, it is the only time I can put my mind at ease. 
  • I love to find out what people’s interests are and photograph them in their element. There is no better feeling than showing someone an image that you created of them. 
on May 28, 2017

I too have ADHD but it wasn’t even heard of when I was a child so I found my own way of coping. I used to do DIY to keep me focused, I would build things. I’m currently renovating my garden doing decking etc. When doing this, including taking photographs, I get lost in the process. Photograpy, or any subject that you truly focus on, is like meditation; mindfulness is a term often used. I like landscapes generally but  lm intrigued by street photography. I haven’t taken the plunge yet for some reason, probably fear, and I’m very busy with work commitments. 

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0 on May 24, 2017

Gracias Kim, you  have to learn spanish.

Hago fotos, porque siento paz, tranquilidad y armonía con lo que me rodea.

 

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0 on May 24, 2017

My post and photo have disappeared, can anybody tell me what happened? 

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0 on May 24, 2017

 

I took pictures to share the feeling that I feel. Sometimes I edit the old photos to create those feelings. And also, I like to make photos of the people or things that I love.

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0 on May 24, 2017

I make photos to live in the moment, to stay humble, and to try and show people the beauty in the mundane (just like Eric says every once in a while) I want people to to know that photography is more than half-naked models, sunsets, beaches, lattes, cars, etc. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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0 on May 24, 2017

I like to throw myself in the crowd and wait and see if something happen.

 

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1 on May 24, 2017

I dont know why I used to take street pictures, now it has been tree years without going out taking any, and I really dont know why am I here either

on May 24, 2017

I dont know why I used to take street pictures, now it has been three years without going out taking any, and I really dont know why am I here either

From nachou

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0 on May 24, 2017

All I know is I really wanted to take pictures of people in the streets, but now its gone

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0 on May 24, 2017

I shoot to freeze a moment.  I shoot because my memory is horrible and I want to remember the times that i’ve shared with people and the ocean.

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0 on May 25, 2017

I shoot to enjoy life life in a different way. I shoot because phtography makes me able to frame moments and people in a moment (not only street) that I would otherwise leave behinde. I collect moments to remember for memory and you.

Berlin

 

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0 on May 25, 2017

I take photos because i enjoy the loneliness. Just me and the camera walking silently without speaking for hours…just reflecting and meditating.

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0 on May 25, 2017

Photography for me is a kind of lifestyle. Is my sixth sense, is an extra channel to perceive what surrounds me. I also use the photography to tell my stories, my emotion and to tear the brains of others trying to show my point of view and things that are sometimes not visible.

she’s my daughter

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0 on May 25, 2017

Hi!

Photography is a tool to discover your own barriers, limits, imagination, ideas..etc.

Photography is a tool to discover yourself.

Because of this there is a no finish in your photography until you die..

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0 on May 25, 2017

I started with taking photo’s of building and streets but now I mostly make photo’s of my loved ones. This life I live is only about moments and some of these moments are to be remembered.

I can’t really find one ‘best’ photo, so I just took one I really like!

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2 on May 25, 2017

I make photos about everything I AM NOT.

I make photos about the UNKNOWN.

I make photos about an ENCOUNTER.

I make photos about YOU.

For me this is beauty.

on May 26, 2017

Awesome!! I love your response!

on May 30, 2017

Awesome!! I love your response!

From gbrisk9

 😉 thank you! 

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0 on May 25, 2017

I make photos because I am compelled to and I want to capture life as I see it, how people behave and changes over time. In 20 years I hope to have a body of work that documents the city I live in.

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0 on May 25, 2017

I am an immigrant to my new country (10+ years now), but I always feel alienated from it – photography helps me connect and feel grounded, even when I do not feel this so much.

I love the city I now call home, and making pictures helps me to connect with it.

Ok, I wrote this as short as possible – it is all more complex than this, of course.

jd

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3 on May 25, 2017

Photos are memories of things I love and care. Family photos are most important to me. Time passes us by very quickly and photos kind of freeze the moments and let us come back to them.  I also love the act of making photos; the focus, the wait, the anticipation. It is kind of meditation practice to me.  

Here are some photos from my dad and my kids project before he passed away peacefully in 2015. 


on May 26, 2017

Very powerful set of images. I can really see the love between the young children and their Grandfather.

on May 29, 2017

@streetogchris Thank you so much…

on June 24, 2017

4 photos tell a better story than just one, these photos convey a lot of emotion, especially the last one. 
Keep them coming.

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4 on May 25, 2017

Hi Eric and everybody here!

I am Mitya and have been to one of your workshops in SF last spring. I thought you did ask this question to everybody and the answers were very different which is amazing. Actually, I did answer something too. But don’t remember what I said:)

These days I am thrilled with a new reason for doing photos. I am trying to recover memories from my whole life. The working title for the project is ‘EXPIRATION DATE‘. I am using an expired film. The expiration date is related to some memory I have about a certain year of my life. I am going to revisit places where I have been before, people, emotions, or doing some other type of journey into the past.

The thing is that an expired film gives you unpredictable results. Even if you are trying to do your best in terms of photography technique.

So the short answer is: I AM DOING PHOTOS TO RECOLLECT MYSELF.

This very photo was done last summer on B/W 35mm SVEMA film, made in USSR. It should be processed before 02/1986. There are remains of the summer country house I lived in that year, 6 hours drive from Moscow where I was born.

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

on May 25, 2017

Good luck with your project trotsky. While waiting for my new digital to arrive I bought up some 1994 expired Kodachrome and used an old Mamiya D1000. The results were terrible! Very, very weak images. I guess you just can’t tell how they have been treated in all that time. Mind you, my new Fuji 400 film pictures shot with same camera were not so good either, so perhaps not all the Kodachrome’s fault! 

on May 26, 2017

Thank you for wishing me good luck! And sorry to hear that the results from your experience were terrible! That is always possible to get as a result something terrible. What is clear for me right now my project goes beyond such categories as ‘terrible’, ‘weak’, ‘low quality’, ‘technically faulty’. I just want to see how that expired film sees the light now and how it reflects the reality.

As for the viewers, I think about adding a ‘contemporary’ image of the same subject and a sentence saying what the picture is about. Or maybe just a title.

Anyway, this is an experiment and I don’t know how it all will work out.

on May 26, 2017

My one and only shot that had any real content, and I had to push the exposure and contrast really high in post process. Being honest, I didn’t do my research first so didn’t know there was only B&W processing for KC either. Live and learn….

on May 26, 2017

Yes, KC has gone, unfortunately. Yes, that’s very tricky technical wise. But I still believe in film magic 🙂

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0 on May 25, 2017

I shoot to understand my country, China.

I used to mostly shoot people on streets with flash. I used to always fantasize about shooting in any other exotic places or countries because I thought my country is boring.

Until I went to Eric’s workshop last year (and this is absolutely not an advertisement but Eric’s workshop is just so great) and I met a aspiring Japanese photographer named Takashi Nakagawa then. Every once in a while he would go to China and shoot and he planned to make a book on China. Back then I  still wondered: “How does this guy find China interesting?” 

After the workshop, Takashi came to China and we went shooting together. Somehow I began to feel that actually my country was interesting enough to shoot. Even though I don’t really know or remember how I got passion to shoot my country again. But thank you Takashi 🙂 I think it was you that made me feel passionate about shooting my country then. Now I no longer wanna shoot any other country but my own country 🙂

But now I no longer shoot in the cities or any developed downtown area in China. I no longer shoot the busy streets because I think streets all over the world are the same. I live in Guangzhou, which is one of the most developed cities in China, is just 100 miles away from Hong Kong (where I was born and grew up). Even though in recent years China is rapidly developing but still there are many people left behind. There are totally 1.4 billion people in China. The population of China is larger than the total population of all the western countries. A lot of people begin to feel that China is already a developed country. But it’s not. A tons of people are left behind. The gap between rich and poor is increasingly larger. I know there are still many people living poor especially in those mountainous, remote area like the middle and the west part of China. 

Guangzhou, where I currently live, is the center of the Pearl River Delta (which is one of the wealthiest and developed area in China but still there are many undeveloped places where I usually go to shoot). Now I’m doing a photographic project about this area even though the progress is slow. But I think this project is just a start of my photography career. Hopefully I can get chances to go deep inside China and do a project like what Matt Black is doing. It’s all about getting to know more about this giant country, of which I’m proud, but still has a lot of issues to tackle, to improve for a better future.

It seems I share too many personal stories. I’m not really fluent in English so thank you for enduring all the typos or grammar mistakes when reading this. I think this forum could also be a great platform for me to practice English. Thanks Eric 🙂  

 

 

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