….if nobody was watching? This is a note I wrote down in my phone diary, so I would write something on my blog. This is kind of thought I easily forget. So here it is.
I am not sure here. Not sure. I shoot for my self satisfaction, and for my need. But also I want to have my photos seen.
It is extreme hypothetical situation. To photograph, but never show the photo to anybody. In this case, and I am sure there are people like that, the person creates only and only to please self. As you were singing a song alone in deep forest where nobody is around. Once you stop singing, and last tones fades out in the infinity there is only emotions and memory record that remains. Only emotions and memory.
But in case of photography it is different. Output of photography is a print. And since we have this photography print in our hands, we can recall the emotion and the memory of the passed moment. When we show the print to another person, we have no control how it is going to be perceived. Should we care?
I can’t answer, because I don’t really know. I am not sure if I still would had motivation to photograph if NOBODY was NEVER going to see my photo. It is very likely that the subject of my photos would change. Maybe.
Even now. Look at the photo below. I want people to look at it. I think it is pretty good silhouette, composition worked well, it is quit descriptive as we can see lots of environment. But …if I was standing there…and if I knew that only me is EVER going to see this photo in the future…would it be worth for me to press the shutter release button? Why would I want to make a memory of such a scene?
Ostrava – Svinov, February 2017