Why Photography is Such a Personal Medium of Expression

Architecture Study, Series 1, No. 8 (Julie Penrose Fountain) Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2014

Architecture Study, Series 1, No. 8 (Julie Penrose Fountain)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2014

I tend to think that art is quite an intimate form of communication by an artist.  Done honestly, it really is a very personal expression of something dear to the artist, be it an idea, a concept, a point of view or the like, conjured from nowhere else but the artist’s own well of personality, thoughts, and experiences.  This is why it can be frightening to share one’s creative efforts, because it is not about simply sharing the thing itself, but rather a piece of who one is.

To me, photography is a particularly personal form of expression because of the inherent realism of images captured by a camera.  Two people can stand in front of the Julie Penrose Fountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but it is likely they will each perceive it in their own way.  For example, one person may experience the fountain as part of its broader environment and setting – the green grass of the park, the people climbing on its base, etc.  The other may experience the fountain in terms of its form and structure – its curving lines, the way it reflects light under a clear blue sky.  And so on, ad infinitum, for the number of perceptions of the number of people who each may see it.

When I photograph and make images, what I’m really doing is memorializing and sharing my particular way of seeing the world, and that is why photography is such a personal medium of expression for me.

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