The Photograph as Art and Design Part 3

One of the most practical uses of photography in today’s world, is its use in commercialized advertising. Photos now play an important role in trying to embellish a subject for sale purposes. Commercial photography relies on tedious work in arranging products for optimal viewing. But it is the basic principals of design that allow a consumer to have the initial attraction to the product. The compositional element of the crop and framing of the item, use of line and pattern to move the eye to a specified location in the picture, and other simple factors that glamorise the photograph. Color also plays a key role in the arrangement of an item in a photograph. Color is most important in dealing with such organic object as food, in which the photographer must seek out theperfectproduct.

For example if a photographer were to take a picture of something say as an apple, he would probably have to go through dozens of apples to find the right one portraying the best shape, color, and texture. As mentioned before these are the basic elements of design, with the only difference being that the photographer had to literally search out the subject instead of creating it. If there are other elements in the photograph such as some leaves or other items of fruit, the color contrast has to be set correctly. Most designers as well as photographers rely on the color wheel for correct color balance, to make the product as appealing to the eye as possible. With the millions of dollars thrown at advertising, these principals of photography serve as an important factor in the way a product is portrayed.

Photography has taken quite a large step recently giving the photographer a wider range of options. The inventions of digital photography has changed the industry completely and as it becomes more integrated into the profession, photography will advance further than it has ever gone before. This gives photographers who fought those basic struggles offindingthe photo new options. Now with digital manipulation it is possible to combine the talent of an artist and the realism of a photograph to output a higher Quality image.

Graphic design has brought the industry of commercialism to new heights and continues to break through new advances. The applications are unlimited. For the first time the photographer doesn’t have to settle on finding the image. He can simply create one, and still hold on to the realism element that makes photography so unique

With all of these new elements going into photography, one can hardly wait to see what new ventures will be travelled. and what new images will appear in your Sunday paper. Already, the public is captivated by what it sees in video, so if the ability to take that single frame and implement the same graphic elements arrives. photography will have advance further than anyone could possibly imagine.

Or is it already there?

The Photograph as Art and Design Part 2

During such major events as the Columbine school shootings video showed teenagers running out of the school for their lives It was shocking and an entire nation mourned for the deaths of students that day. Though in the following morning, when the images appeared on newspapers of the horrified expression! on friend’s faces as well as the hugs of reunited families so much more emotion way delivered by the state of their anguish.

This concept is also present in many sporting events. Because of the fast moving nature sports have, a photograph can often capture a moment just briefly seen in video. In these ways photography separates itself from video and live action. To see and examine a particular moment in time is often more powerful than the entire event played out. Its ability to stop action and capture a single instant is also recognizable in certain types of photographs as those of lightning bolt strikes and even one particular famous photograph of a bullet travelling through an apple. The scientific applications are unlimited and many discoveries have relied on the photographic process for its success. Pictures from the Hubble telescope are just a few of the examples.

Photographs have numerous other applications as well. The photos that are purposely set up for visual communication applications have a large impact in today’s society. This is where the design element takes precedence. Unlike most forms of artwork. photography is limited to the real world. This often forces the photographer to search out the element needed for the photograph. Though much imagination and creativity can go into a photograph, the means by which that is portrayed is limited to the objects the photographer has access to.

While a painter can paint whatever his mind’s eye sees, the photographer sometimes has to improvise with specific materials that are available to him. In a way it is a tradeoff. The painting or drawing consists of a direct representation of what an artist wanted to create, while the photographer had to settle on coherent objects that were available.

Abstracts are possible, but rare, as they are difficult to create. However most of the time the realism of a photo brings the viewer in a closer relationship to the photograph than the paint on canvas would because the photograph is an existing substance in this world, and is hypothetically achievable by the viewer. For example, the cubist guitar of Pablo Picasso is a direct representation from his mind’s eye. He made that directly from his imagination. while a photographer who would be emulating the idea might have had to settle on a real guitar. The relationship a person would have with the real guitar would be closer, probably because the person has played a guitar before, knows the feel, the touch, the sound. For the Cubist representation, it’s a visual stimulation representing the images the artist has created. So in this way the design aspect must implement the creativity with the realism contained in the photograph.

As far as direct design elements, photographs usually tend to rely on the work of artists to become another element in the photo. Once basic compositional design element in photographs is the use of line or pattern. Often this results in a building or a road. Which often is the result of an artist in a different field. Only in organic elements is nature often used as a design characteristic, otherwise photographers generally rely on manmade objects to obtain the design elements often seen in photographs. In this way the photographer’s responsibility is an important task. He must connect creativity with reality .This most often results in having tofinda good photograph, though there are times when design elements can be set up in a photo.

The Photograph as Art and Design Part 1

Before the invention of photography, the ability to capture an instant in time was only possible through the mind of an artist, and each artist delivered his own interpretation of that moment. When the photographic process was introduced to the world, it open a whole new realm to art, bringing together the elements of documentary. design. and expression.

Since the dawn of photography to present day, pictures have frozen moments of time preserving them for future generations.

Before the invention of photography, the ability to capture an instant in time was only possible through the mind of an artist, and each artist delivered his own interpretation of that moment. When the photographic process was introduced to the world, it open a whole new realm to art, bringing together the elements of documentary. design. and expression.

The difference between photography and a painting or a sketch is that somewhere, somehow, that photo existed in time, giving it a sense of realism.

This brings the art to a whole new level, combining characteristics of realism with several different areas of art and design. Not only can you set up a photograph to convey a certain message as a painting would. it must be done with real objects in a real place.

Though this can limit what the photographer can say, it gives the viewer a closer relationship to the final product. It is something that is achievable in real life.

While a painting of Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh can deliver a certain mood or feeling, the viewer can never fully experience what it would be like to be in the painting, they can only experience what it represents

Then there are also the photographs that serve as our memories. While each of us store away photos of the important events that make up our lives, we in turn preserve those memories, not only for ourselves later, but also for future generations. Many times the importance of the photographic process is not fully appreciated.

Much of our recent history is built upon photographs. How well can someone visualize the Civil War , say in contrast to the signing of the declaration of independence? From the famous photos of the Civil War, generations of people decades after it happened can still feel the tragedy people who fought suffered. With an event such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, all we have is a single painting, with obviously posed subjects.

It’s hard to truly grasp the realism of the moment without a “living” photograph. In this way photographs preserve our way of life. Every characteristic from how people dress over the years to the way of life during certain time periods can be understood through photographs. For example there are debates as to the exact dress styles of the common man in medieval Europe, since the majority of paintings only depicted royalty.

Photographs were simple to take, and everyone from the richest of rich, to the poor urban dwellings of 18th century New York City were captured on film. In this way photography was not only utilized by the people who could afford it, but by anyone willing to learn the process.

Photographs convey something more than lust trends and historical events: they conveys emotion through the captured state of personal expression. Unlike modern day video, photography captures the frozen state of person, allowing the viewer to see and analyze an expression or mood.