Since I have to stay in town for this long weekend in Canada, I am (re)- post processing images for the exhibition at the Western Photo Gallery at the Stampede. These images were taken in Lake O’Hara area last year at the same time, and each image is stitched with 5 images by Photoshop CS5. The first one shows reflection of mountain in the pond. The 2nd one does not show such a static reflection due to wind and wavy surface of the water. But reflection of trees has a more painterly charactor and impressionism kind of feeling. Interestingly, I did not notice this, until comparing the two images side by side, that the top image is more contrasty and more saturated. The top image, itself has a kind of strong character so it may lead me to add more contrast and saturation unconsciously. On the other hand, the bottom image a little more subtle so it may have made me process the image toward more soft side. What does this tell ya? Although we use many techniques to control conditions of light at a scene, the images opened on a computer monitor first time is kind dull. So we take a lot of time to make photos more attractive. To me, it is not different from wet dark room. My point is this process is strongly affected by mood of image as well as one of a photographer at the location and on a computer. It can be consciously or unconsciously. Don’t you think this is really artistic process?
Actually, I am supposed to submit the 2nd image since it is the one accepted by the gallery. I do not know which image I like, more precisely to say I do not know which one appeal to viewers. If you were me, which would you pick? Any comments are appreciated.
Yesterday, I wrote about photography and paintings, and I mentioned about difficulty to bring up emotions to art form from artists’ own souls.
I have one photo which gave me extremely strong impact. It is one of Annie Leibovitz’s photos. She is famous for her celebrity photographies. If I am correct, she is the last photographer who had a photo session with John Lennon before only hours of his death. Also she captured the moment John was signing his autography to Mark Chapman.
The photo was the death of Annie Leibovits’s partner, published in her book “Photographer’s life”. After publishing this photos, she was criticized from points of view of moral, ethics and, at the first place, publishing death photography.
I found this photo while I was killing time in Chapters book store, and since then this photo stuck somewhere in my head. I did not know about Annie Leibovits at that time, though. I was quite shocked by her nature as a photographer. Can you imagine she still pointed a camera to her closest person at the moment of her death? Further more, she completed the image as an art form. The image is obviously not a snap shot. It must be unbelievablly hard thing to do, mustn’t it?
Yes, photography is reflection of external subjects. But at the same reflaction of the photographers, themselves. Sometimes , it requires a painful journey to unconsciousness part. I believe art is supposed to be. Well …I do not have to worry about this question…because I am so far from this level:-(