Mem­ory and Pho­to­graphic Skills

Indonesia Expat - - News From The Archipelago -

I don’t think I’ve ever com­pletely un­der­stood why I fell in love with pho­tog­ra­phy. But I do know what makes a good photo. It is one that will make you stop for a while; you will start think­ing about it, ques­tion what it is that goes be­hind the artist’s mind when tak­ing it, how it’s made and can I do the same?

Be­ing a young pho­tog­ra­pher in In­done­sia means hav­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity to ob­serve and keep up with the changes hap­pen­ing within the cre­ative in­dus­try, partly due to tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment. The com­pe­ti­tion does get even tougher with the ar­rival of new pho­tog­ra­phers bring­ing new trends and ideas, but it surely chal­lenges you to con­stantly of­fer some­thing new to the ta­ble and be­come bet­ter.

What frus­trates me the most is when some peo­ple eas­ily pro­claim them­selves as pro­fes­sion­als just be­cause they have ex­pen­sive cam­eras. Some­times it can hurt the in­dus­try, es­pe­cially when clients are mis­led into be­liev­ing that good pho­tog­ra­phers sim­ply re­quire fancy cam­eras and equip­ment. I hope that in the fu­ture In­done­sia can learn to not only re­spect pho­to­graphic skills but also un­der­stand pho­tog­ra­phy as an ex­tra­or­di­nary art form. Most of the time I do fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy so I re­ally see it from an aes­thetic view­point. It’s im­por­tant for me to cap­ture the emo­tional and evoca­tive as­pects of the sub­ject ev­ery time I take a pic­ture. But whether it is fash­ion, street, war, doc­u­men­tary or even wildlife; pho­tog­ra­phy for me is all about re­liv­ing those vis­ual mem­o­ries that peo­ple want to cher­ish for­ever. If a per­son looks at a pic­ture and is im­me­di­ately taken back to a cer­tain time and place, then you know you’ve done a pretty suc­cess­ful job as a pho­tog­ra­pher.

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