Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston. The author spends a lot of time explaining just how different and unique photography is. Edward Weston begins his essay by stating that all art forms have their limitations imposed on them by their tools, materials or the processes. I read Edward Weston’s “Seeing Photographically” essay years ago. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital.

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I believe in this a lot.

There are no lines unlike paintings. However, he started to qeston with his artistic style over time. This is very important because the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed. Weston even goes as far as to say that this tension is destroyed once it is no longer displayed by an infinite amount of pixels.

Meaning, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of seieng tools and processes. Once the image has been instantaneously captured, he maintains, there are certain qualities that separate it from other forms of art: However, this is done with simplicity in which only the basic, necessary equipment is needed, and where there are no rules to follow, but to capture your point of view of the world.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Many photographers are not able to master this craft as they realize they must handle many different elements such as lighting and angles, yet they have not mastered their own equipment.

Pointing at an object and mindlessly clicking a button is easily accomplished by many. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He says that the photo-painter exponents felt that, as the photograph was produced by a machine it couldn’t be art unless manipulated and sreing that a criticism that is levelled at photography in the digital age?

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These characteristics are needed to take a great photograph. This site uses cookies.

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Weston articulates that the purpose of being able to photographcially the subject as if reality was a photograph is a vital skill in producing true photography. Photography is my biggest passion in life.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically”

When I selected it, I expected to agree totally with what Weston said; and I do agree with a lot. Weston says that the art that comes from photography is the mastery of the camera and the visualization of what you will do before you actually take the picture.

It explains that he favored simplicity in photographs and did not approve of editing his images, and preferred the pre-visualization of an image.

Being able to think about how it will be processed, composited, colored, etc. September 21, at 5: Weston builds off these main two aspects of the uniqueness of photography to build a photographers approach to how he or she should approach finding quality in our environment. And how to truly master photography one should be completely comfortable with one camera, one lens, one film type and paper. Notify me of new comments via email.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. True art in terms of photography is taking photos and being fully able to envision the end result. September 18, at 8: While the article speaks from a background in film, it also applies to the digital realm. When confronted with the camera, I found myself having a certain image in my mind of how I wanted the piece to look like, but then not being able to make it through the lens.

Reading and Research An element in wesyon the art is by not letting the media control you, but by you controlling the media. If one lens allows you to capture more depth that will give you a more dynamic shot than you normally would have and you are going for a dynamic look you should be using that lens. Different factors, such as the type of surface, emulsion, and enlargement, play a role in retaining the integrity and clarity of the photo.

These things that lead up to the photograph is the process that makes every photo unique, because every photographer will have a different angle in mind.

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Interactive Media: Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston

Notify me of new comments via email. Artstuffmatters focuses on public culture in the arts- public art, photography, landscapes, museums, and more. Join 4, other followers. However, for a photographer their art is crafted in the seconds they take their shot through the camera and the lens captures everything within its field of vision.

Edward Weston discusses how photography as a medium gives us too many options. You can not teach creativity. However this can only be retained if one simplifies all his equipment and skill to the minimum necessary.

At least to the point of competency, at which point you can decide if that look suits you and the work you like to create.

As the process is instantaneous and the nature of the image is unable to survive manipulation as done by the painterly exponents then ” it is obvious that the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed”. I thought this was a great comparison but it also made me think.

Edward Weston accomplished this and then went even further to manipulate his photographs to make them even more unique. In some ways, I find it hard to believe that many people did not see art in using a camera to create photographic images and prints.

I surprised myself when I read this essay. I enjoyed how he mentioned the differences between photography and other forms, as painting is a slow and drawn out process where one is able to edit and add on, whereas photography is more instantaneous.

Thus, photographers have to visualize their world in relation to their lens so that their photographs capture the pieces of the world that they want, in the way in which they want.