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Old 29-01-2005, 14:15   #1 (permalink)
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Why do you do photography?

Why do you do photography?

Well most of us here have something in common being that we all do some photography but I am guessing our reasons for doing it could be different. My reasons are to try to make the ordinary look different, to capture something and make it stand out and be seen differently.

So what’s your motivation to pick up your camera, climb a mountain, half freeze to death, get soaked, harassed or plain just annoyed..I have made a poll of the usual subjects..
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Old 29-01-2005, 18:34   #2 (permalink)
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Well, my amount and standard of photography won't pay my monthly bills, so I guess i'd better keep on doing what i do

I've only ever sold 2 photo's, which is actually 2 more than i've ever expected to

I haven't got a single photo on my walls or in a frame taken by me, and I rarely post my shots in public so acclaim from others isn't a factor either.

All this doesn't mean I don't use my camera though, I have 6 albums full of images I've taken and printed HONEST

I take pictures to preserve a memory so I can look back and reflect on times gone by, however I feel things are at a turning point now that I've stepped up to the 20D
I like the idea taking more interesting and abstract styles and driffting away from the animal/wildlife and motorsport i've concentrated on.

How the heck do you manage to get beautiful ladies to pose for you?
That sounds interesting :lol:
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Old 29-01-2005, 18:48   #3 (permalink)
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I love a good a photo. Good photos inspire me to try and improve my own skills, either to emulate or try new ideas. I will post a photo to either receive critiques, be they good or bad but hopefully constructive. If a photos is good enough for praise then naturally it is nice to receive positive feedback, that in itself urges you to take more shots and push your own boundaries.

I for one could spend all day looking at photographs trying to work out what is good and what is bad about them. Non more than my own. I take photographs for that one in a hundered shot that hits the spot. Maybe not for everyone but at least for me.
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Old 29-01-2005, 19:21   #4 (permalink)
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Hmmm thats a difficult one but in a nutshell its cos I enjoy it!

The early morning to get the sunrise, the long walk to get the better viewpoint and the constant learning of new tricks, tips and techniques. I one day hope to sell some pictures and maybe even try and fund a few lenses!! I somehow dont think I'll ever be good enough to make a living out of it but in all honesty I'd rather not as your job is never fun to do

I post pictures to receive help and soon get bored of places that post continual comments like "Good shot" or "I do like that one" I would much rather people tell me that they hate it and why so I can better my photogrpahy. I've not got any pictures on the wall yet but when the really good ones turn up I might well put some up
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Old 30-01-2005, 21:46   #5 (permalink)
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why do i do phtography, with four kids i have pictures of each of them taken over the years the eldest now being 22 he looks at some of his most embarssing moments ive caught of him and the others over the years and laughs i only wish digital had come along years ago it would have saved me a fortune in delveloping cost, but the main reason i do it is because i enjoy doing photography and these days i try and take more time and effort in what i take photos of, and i still enjoy it. more these days because i dont have four screaming kids running behind me.
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I love a good a photo. Good photos inspire me to try and improve my own skills, either to emulate or try new ideas. I will post a photo to either receive critiques, be they good or bad but hopefully constructive. If a photos is good enough for praise then naturally it is nice to receive positive feedback, that in itself urges you to take more shots and push your own boundaries.

I for one could spend all day looking at photographs trying to work out what is good and what is bad about them. Non more than my own. I take photographs for that one in a hundered shot that hits the spot. Maybe not for everyone but at least for me.
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i want to be better than i am though, thats why i hang around on these forums [smilie=t:
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Old 31-01-2005, 00:08   #7 (permalink)
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It keeps me off the streets?

Since almost before I can remember I've been interested in photography. My father used to develop his own black and white photographs before I came along, he was in the RAF so he went all over the world and I suppose it was his pictures of those places that first inspired me.
Later on when I began to develop my own I discovered Ansell Adams and his work still makes me go wow!
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I would love to be able tick all of those boxes.

Maybe a couple of these will make more sense than my ramblings

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When we care, we will not forget. The picture in our head or the vivid printed picture will remind us. Without care, we would not remember, only see.
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When I walk around my little world I observe the oddities, the fun of life in the middle of harsh reality. I think one can laugh in pain. Maybe this is what we need to pull us out of the absurdity of it all. I always thought how strange it is that one can find beauty even in the most horrible images. I care for what I photograph. I make love with my eyes through the viewfinder. I carress the image on that piece of paper as it appears like magic, a ray of light emerging from total darkness.
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Gets me out the house, the city and I have even been known to walk a few miles without the promise of booze at the end of the walk.

Seriously, I've seen most of my country only due to the fact I had a camera with me. I dont really take pictures to get prints (a nice end in it's own) I take pictures to get experiences, excercise and memories.
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Occasionally I take pics because someone pays me to, but that is the least important aspect of photography to me. Mainly it's because I'm a sentimental old b****r and I like looking back at things I've done and places I've been, Photographs and Memories...

Some of my photos may have artistic merit, and a few are covering cracks in the plaster, but mostly they're a record of things that will never happen again. Lately I've been taking photos of the village where I live - perfectly ordinary photos of ordinary things and ordinary folk, but which may seem extraordinary to people a few generations hence. Hopefully my pics will survive longer than I do, and may eventually provide the same fascination that we get today by looking at photos of bygone times.

In fact I would encourage everyone to do more of this. The street, village or town where you live may not seem very photogenic, but in years to come people will be interested to know what it looked like in the good old days of 2005. Everyone takes photos of things that are attractive and touristy, but everyday life is ignored. That's why the films of Mitchell and Kenyon are so important and enlightening.
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It's the only thing I've been consistently good at that didn't bore me after 5 minutes.
I can't imagine life without a camera to my eye, plus the buzz I still get from seeing my stuff in the papers... well!
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