The Photograph as Art and Design Part 2

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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.