In the second of his photo critiques, photographer and entertainer Chip Simons picks out a selection of photos which celebrate the craft, and the emotion, of photography.
Other images I picked have something to do with the "craft" of photography ... they are better quality, which I applaud ... especially in this world that is bloated with images that were done by the camera or Photoshop and are shaky, noisy and with poor optics. What looks like a good picture often turns out to be garbage just because of the same criteria that made traditional photography better or worse. Some of the other images show me a place that I have never seen and it is obviously a very beautiful yet contradictory place to live. It has contrasts on every level: visual, psychological, and social. I like that for the reasons we have always liked photography ... it shows us something we have never seen.
I am a little bit unusual in the world of photography. I have discovered so much about who I am and how the mechanisms of taking pictures can be manipulated to express my feelings and thoughts in ever-changing ways. I am conceptual for the most part. I am a comedian and an entertainer too. This is why I reject 90% of all photography as just another photograph that looks like another photograph that looks like another photograph. It is all fine ... it is all part of a process ... and it is a recording device first and foremost ... it is a memory tool ... you don't have to be a crazy artist-like thinker. Imitating pictures that you like and getting great results makes you excited and more confident to dive deeper into the craft and the mistakes you make along the way are what lead to discoveries.
As I look at the images again, I still think about my original comments that "photography is more about what you don't see" than what you are being presumed to be shown. Photography, for me, came from emotion. I went through years of crafting pictures for everyone and anyone, but now I am returning selfishly to my roots. These photos that I have chosen show that same diversity of emotion versus craft. While most of them are emotional, ironically, the most professional (and the one taken with the most expensively priced photo equipment etc.) is also the one that is nearly void of emotion and is almost purely craft. I think this should be an inspirational point for those contemplating if it is their camera ...or their mind and heart that is in need of an upgrade.
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Chip Simons has been a professional photographer for more than twenty-seven years. He is known for his creative and humorous photography.