Why do you make photos?

Updated on July 24, 2018 in Photography
0 on July 12, 2017

Smartphotography is a sort of game for me. It’s like a “human” pokemon go.
I catch details, collect glimpses of other people’s lives, frame spaces. I truly feel empathy with whom I take pictures of. I dearly hug them in my mind thanking them for being that way.  
Photos are just a reminder for me of all the (often silly) questions I’d love to ask them. They reply through their expressions, attitude, glances, clothing, body language and I am there, trying not to be seen, collecting what the world, the city, the people, the details have to offer (and that’s a lot!). I look at somebody, I detect a hint, some story that wants to be told, then I click, my critic monkey inside filters and yells and judges and I eventually share the picture on instagram to shut the monkey up. 
To me photos are a dialogue, an exchange, a stirring of life. 
I just want my pictures to be more efficient, since I am craving for meaning and in order to achieve that I have to learn basics and technique form the skilled ones, from you… and reach out for my reflex. 

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0 on July 14, 2017

Why do I make photos?
Why street photography?

– I believe I can tell a story through an image that cannot be said in words.

– To capture the raw, unbridled vision of my subject. To capture the image the way I see it. Some can see it one way, while others see it a completely different way.

– To express myself without limits or prejudice.

– To break out of my comfort zone.

– Aesthetically pleasing and empowering.

– To set my spirit free.

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0 on July 15, 2017

A question I often ask myself, but I don’t know that I have a good answer yet. Photography is almost like an instinct to me. I just do it

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0 on July 18, 2017

I make street photos to capture glimpses of the world that present them as something new or interesting. Glimpses that are gone forever immediately after the shot is taken, or are only possible because they “see” from an unusual perspective or focus.

I love using the unmediated world as raw material, then using a little machine to capture it a certain way, and another machine to process it a certain way—all to produce some kind of aesthetic pleasure, or psychological or emotional response.

That place where unpredictability and control meet in this process is fascinating—and adding my own ability, imagination, and judgment is an addicting challenge. It’s a rush!

When I shoot, I try to let my instincts guide me, then see if they were correct when I decide what to print.

 

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0 on July 19, 2017

When I was young, I was taking photos. But now, I realize that in the last few years I am making photos,…., as Eric says.

Why ? I am trying to use my photos as lighthouses of my life. Never forget where I was, what I was thinking at that moment in time. I was reading somewhere, something that stayed with me…” I am not afraid of Death, I am afraid of Time…”

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0 on August 15, 2017

I studied arts for 8 years as a kid, but struggled with developing it further. I returned to arts every now and then as life went by. I painted. I drawed. I did street art and graffiti. And painted again. And when my son was born, I didn’t have time anymore and the resulting lack of creativity introduced me to depression. But this spring my family (wife, father, brother and mother) put some money together and gave me a Nikon DSLR with 18-105 lens. And a whole new world opened to me. All of a sudden there was a way to create stuff while being true to my commitments. And I didn’t put away the camera since. Few months later I replaced the 18-105 with a prime 35 and whoa… discovered I can also make pictures of strangers in the streets and…. pretty much anything around me. The camera being smaller, pushing me to walk around the scene, making the creativity much more physical and all that. So….

I make photos to:

  • preserve the magical moments with my son
  • get rid of depression
  • have a meaning in life
  • alter my attitude towards life
  • be less full of myself
  • add another layer to spirituality
  • make every boring day a special day
  • walk a path which gives me curiosity about where it takes me

I don’t have one photograph which would represent what I have found in the last 5 months. So here are three images from the last four days.

 

 

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0 on September 18, 2017

 

Interesting question…I think it’s all too easy to get caught up in the stress of daily life, career, etc and it’s nice to have something creative to remind me to take the time to look around and enjoy the moment.   A recent brush with cancer reminded me to make the most of every day and now I find that all I really want to do is reach for that camera and get out there.  Don’t know if the upload will work but this one pleased me!  Yashica Electro 35…

 

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0 on September 22, 2017

I make photos to show people that theres purpose and beauty in every small thing in this world just that we see things differently 

 

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0 on September 24, 2017

Hello All.

I’m Iranian. I take photos to understand the world better and more accurate.

I take photos to discover my own vision and like to share it with others.

I believe photos are the mirror of photographer’s soul.

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0 on October 17, 2017

Hello!

I share/make photos to interpret and discover the values of life things and convey emotions

I also make photos, designed logos and label printing for business purposes.

 

 

 

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0 on December 7, 2017

I make photo to express the feeling

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0 on December 7, 2017

It keeps me ON the streets 😉

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0 on December 7, 2017
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0 on December 28, 2017

I don’t make photos, the camera does that: I just press some buttons and hope for the best!
Clearly a long way to go before I become an enlightened photographer. 😀

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0 on January 2, 2018

I think the really good amateur/artist photographers whose output overlaps with documentary genres are empaths (probably the unwitting victims -or lets say recipients- of abuse/repression at some earlier stage of their lives) and are seekers of some kind of visual truth/situational truth. They are feeling and framing.

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0 on January 5, 2018

I take photos cause life is beautiful! 

Cause I like to play with colors and shapes and to have fun!

 

 

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0 on January 8, 2018

I take photographs because I can.

I’ve tried very hard to intellectualise it, but I’ve given up. The reason–any reason I can think of, even–ends up being so “wank-ey” that I just decided that having none is best.

I take photographs because I can. Sometimes when I want to, sometimes when I have to. But when I do, I do it as best I can.

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0 on April 4, 2018

use photography as a means of expression to communicate and document the “beauty” and “hardship” of the world around me. My goal is to capture moments, expressions, a look, a feeling

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0 on April 6, 2018


why i like taking photos, because it’s make me feel batter and can reduce my stress and anxiety. sorry for the bad english tho 🙂

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0 on April 16, 2018

Why do I make photos? That’s like asking a duck why he swims. It’s because it is simply his nature to do so. I think it is the same way with me. I could say it’s because I like to capture reality, but that is not always true. Sometimes I like to change the representation of reality with post processing to create something better. Someone once said of Gary Winogrand that for him, taking pictures was like a drug he needed daily. I think that is true of a lot of us amateur photogs and professionals alike. It’s simply a part of who we are as artists and documentarians. We are in our own element when creating photos.

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