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Sunset

Sunset
© 2009 Aref Nammari

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P.R.Baptista
P.R.Baptista
... very illustrative about how a creative photo can arise from a very simple motive...
a good example also to discuss the meaning of photography...
8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to P.R.Baptista
Thank you P.R. Yes the topic regarding the meaning of photography should be an interesting topic for discussion. I will write some of my views in a later post.
8 years ago.
Armin Fuchs
Armin Fuchs
so beautiful!
8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to Armin Fuchs
:) Thank you.
8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplayer)
Aref Nammari (goplay…
Following the suggestion of P. R. Baptista, to whom I am very grateful for the constant encouraging and thoughtful comments I would like to share some of my thinking about the meaning of photography.
For me photography is a means of expression. The camera, scanner or any other device to record light as it is reflected by or transmitted through objects is just a recording tool not unlike a tape recorder for example. The light, and shadows modeled by the object are the message which is a translation of an idea, an emotion, a thought, a statement or simply a state of mind. That is what I try to capture in my photographs which some may think are contrived, staged and simply unreal. Some purists would suggest that photography should capture reality with minimal intervention from the photographer. I personally believe that is a reflection of real misunderstanding of the role of photography and is an unnecessary restriction of the possibilities which could be achieved by the photographic means.
It is undoubtedly true that all photography has an element of documentary--some would even say that all photography is documentary. However, documentary does not mean objective because anytime a photograph is taken the photographer has to make a choice regarding what to include and what to exclude and therefore is intervening in the photograph and what it means. Similarly the viewer may see and interpret the same photograph in a manner completely different than another viewer or the photographer. Thus there is a certain and definite element of subjectivity in the photograph and the use of photography to record.
I do not pretend that mine is the only correct meaning or interpretation. What I contend though is that there is not an incorrect meaning or understanding of what photography is or should be. There are many different approaches all of which are equally valid. I therefore do not subscribe to the "purist" approach also known as "straight" photography. This photo is certainly staged: I found the leaf while working in the garden and was interested in the shape. The light was great, a low bright sunset. I thought of Japanese rice paper with its soft but rich texture and that is where the idea came to combine all three elements to create the image "sunset", a reflection of the end of life which can and should be peaceful, beautiful and is certainly something that we all have to deal with and approach at some point and we must do that with contentment that our existence has not been a waste because we all have contributed and been part of life at a larger scale than just our own. Another title could be "dialectic".
8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to rails
Thanks Michael. Yes proponents of "straight" photography are often dogmatic in their belief. In my view they think of photography simply as a recording--which photography in its early days was. Today photography has come to occupy its own place as an artistic expression and as in all the arts the boundaries are flexible and stretchable. I agree that "straight" photography is only one aspect but by no means the only one deserving to be called photography.
8 years ago.
P.R.Baptista
P.R.Baptista
Beginning by the end ( "in my beginning is my end"- T.S.Eliot) I would remember that "Dialectic" is the title of an other photo ( www.ipernity.com/doc/14760/2602195/in/group/91535 ). The title by the way came after a discussion I intervened.
Besides this I am not sure if there is an opposition ( as was the case in the other photo) to justify the title.
"Sunset" for me sounds perfect.
Regarding the aspect that the the photo, as you say, was staged, I believe that there is no problem.
I shared a photo, “To egg or not to egg” ( www.ipernity.com/doc/58483/4325860/in/group/91535?from=4275823&at=1236144105 ) that has the same approach.
The important for me is that the photo poses a certain form of question.
For me this is the most important criterion to define the value of a photo.
It has to provoke discussion, it has to bring unexpected sensations, unexpected perceptions be it of a “straight” scene ( that at the same moment leaves to be straight ) or of a “staged” situation.
In the case of Aref we also many times have, as is the case in this photo, his elucidative comments which I appreciate very much because gives a great help to investigate the meaning of a photo.
I would only still add that much that I am trying to say is synthesized by Michael B. comment : " always a carefully crafted construction of the mind".
... very appropriate observation...

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8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to P.R.Baptista
I agree that Sunset is more appropriate combined with the fact that I have another photo entitled dialectic -- which came after a discussion you and I had. The tension in this photo is there but it is hidden subsurface and is overshadowed by the aesthetic. The tension is certainly not in the composition which in my view is quite harmonious and gentle. The tension is more at the cerebral metaphorical level: the dead leaf bathing in the life giving sunlight. Anyway I think that sunset is a very good title and could have many meanings to different people.
I fully agree with you when you write
"For me this is the most important criterion to define the value of a photo. It has to provoke discussion, it has to bring unexpected sensations, unexpected perceptions be it of a “straight” scene ( that at the same moment leaves to be straight ) or of a “staged” situation."
It is essential for this reaction to occur and is very much a criterion by which a photograph's success can and should be measured. Often we stand in awe before a photograph by one of the "great masters" while in reality we don't feel anything: no emotion other than seeing an Ansel Adams photograph (just an example) or no thought triggered in our mind just "wow this photograph I am standing looking at is made by Man Ray" for example. Does the fact that a photograph is made made by a master and well know artist enough to give it meaning and value? Should we just repeat what critics, gallery owners, and museum curators tell us about any piece of Art or should experience the piece ourselves and follow our instincts and feelings? Very tough questions and I am afraid there isn't really a single, right or wrong answer.
As to Michael's comment " always a carefully crafted construction of the mind" I take this as a compliment because the vast majority of the time my photos are the result of careful consideration before and after the shoot--that is why I don't shoot many street scenes :) Some would say that my photos are "cerebral" which I am not quite sure whether to consider that as a compliment or a criticism in the negative sense. In all cases I do what appeals to me first and that is the satisfaction I get. I am glad that people like you and Michael also like my work.
8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
i love it! Photo-Manic would be happy to have it in the group! could you add it into our group, please? thank you !
8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to .t.a.o.n.
Thank you. It is my pleasure to add it (as a matter of fact it is already done).
8 years ago.
Adrián Caldera
Adrián Caldera
La economía de elementos es un verdadero reto, mediante el cual podemos probar nuestros conocimientos de los recursos a nuestra disposición.
Congratulations.
8 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to Adrián Caldera
Muchas gracias Adrian.
8 years ago.
Lodchjo - Lxxx Photography
Lodchjo - Lxxx Photo…
wow, so simple, yet so complete! it's totally zen. excellent work!
8 years ago.
Duolith
Duolith
-I like it
8 years ago.
Pedro Catarino
Pedro Catarino
wonderful game of the 3 elements
light, shade and element that complete Congratulations gave to you
simple to a sensational photo
7 years ago.