With the new technology available to us there are so many photographs created every day that it can make one question the relevance of what is being created. It begs to question, Why take photographs?
The simplest explanation is that one wants to document their lives and that which is around them. Once George Eastman introduced the Brownie camera photography was available to everyone and digital cameras have only extended that reach. In the hands of the general populace the idea of recording family and friends became common place. The snap shot was the record of many around the world. This is the greatest use of photography today.
Then there is the commercial use of the medium. The idea of taking photo's for profit has been part of photography since it's inception. Government's and corporations hired photographers to document and record their holdings. People hired photographer's to immortalize their likeness. Newspapers and magazines had photographers document social conditions and world events. Advertisers used photographers to sell and promote their products. A large part of images today are used in these areas.
Another area is that of Fine Art photography. This is the area where those use photography to express their ideas and thoughts. It is one of the more subjective genres in the medium as a definition is hard to establish as tastes very across cultures and individuals. This can be highly personal work to commercial in nature and thus makes it the most challenging.
So in this age of unlimited imagery again why do we take photographs? I do so because it is an enjoyable pastime and it allows me to explore and express myself. It is always a challenge and I feel that I explore all of three of these areas. I suppose all those who love photography do so as well.
May 8 My son Cool had the day of his life as he auditioned for YTV's "The Next Star" He had the chance to meet some of the celebrities from the program and to showcase his singing talent. It was an incredible day and I was so proud of him as I took some snapshots with the iPhone.
May 13 iPhone close up of a spring bloom.
May 18 I cleaned the living room carpets and Luke had fun jumping around the empty room.