May 14, 2013

framing and reframing


I tried to write about what this photo means but I just ended up on the verge of tears of frustration. I'm just going to say that this picture is trying to poke at the notion of the photographer as someone who puts a frame around the world. What they chose to include in and exclude from that frame is crucial to the encoding of the image and also a testament to the photographer themselves. I think we live in a world full of enforced frames and ideas and trends that we must try to fit into. These kill our creativity and limit our ability to express ourselves. Also, I'm obsessed with self portraiture lately and I've also been trying to wrap words around how every single photo we ever take is a self portrait because we project a personal thought, idea or emotion onto it. I'm finding it hard to explain exactly how this photo fits into all of that, but it makes a lot of sense in my head and I kind of think that's all that matters right now. 

(You should know it took me 5 seconds to take this photo and nearly an hour to write all that and it still makes me want to cry because I can't words agh. I wanted to blog though so here we are)


4 comments:

  1. I very, very much get what you mean. Especially the whole self portraiture thing. I feel like half my life is that. Lately I've been stuck in this rut of wanting to create but not being able to and it's torturous and I hate it cos I just want to be like I was able to create things that meant something to me but I just can't anymore. (rambling sorry) But I get what you mean. Framing is probably 70% of what goes into a great image. If an image isn't framed well it just won't work, I find. So many images I see and the content is fab but due to the framing I find myself passing it off as boring, amateurish or just plain terrible. You can tell so much of the photographer by how they choose to frame something; what they keep, what they leave out, if they use something to define the borders or possibly to cut the image in an intriguing way. Framing is just so important to photography and I feel that it's not understood by the public and a lot of "photographers" don't grasp just how important it is.

    Kate
    (pigeonlife)

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    1. I got ridiculously excited when I saw this had a comment THIS IS GREAT YES INTERACTION IS GOOD. But yep, I agree SO MUCH. This is why I really want to work more with square format because it's not how we see, it's a completely different shape of frame and I want to play with that aaagh. But yes I feel like framing is like that one thing that makes or breaks an image and it's that one thing so many people overlook when they're starting out? Idk but yes yes I agree yes

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  2. Totally makes sense and you explained it really well! I get eh exact same frustration when things are all beautiful and philosphical and intriguing in your brain and you feel like no matter how you say it it won't convey everything you're thinking and feeling. Life is art and photography is the most straightforward way of taking the world or moments or sites and everything attached to them in our minds and just keeping them pretty much how we see them.

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    1. It's honestly ridiculously frustrating when you just CAN'T put words around what you mean or what you're feeling. But I think this is where my photography comes in. And again, you're right, it is indeed the most straightforward way of capturing something. I think I need to focus less on the text I put with my images and more on the image itself? Yeah. Sure don't they say that a picture is worth a thousand words or something? Haha yeaaah.

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