Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston. The author spends a lot of time explaining just how different and unique photography is. Edward Weston begins his essay by stating that all art forms have their limitations imposed on them by their tools, materials or the processes. I read Edward Weston’s “Seeing Photographically” essay years ago. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital.

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I feel that Weston is being far too one sided in his argument and the essay has been written at a time when Group f64 were trying set themselves up in opposition to the Pictorialists; it is, perhaps, a dig at them.

Photos take seconds to create whereas the aforementioned branches of art can take years. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I have always been a great fan of Ansel Adams’ work and my photographic background is wildlife and landscape which lend themselves to this ideal.

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Instead it made up tiny particles that give a special tension to the image. I am a drawing and painting major, so most of my process when creating a piece involves working with my hands to make everything look good. Email required Address never made public. With all this said, however, I do ewston that much of the power of weight of the piece comes down to the strength of the original image. Another part of the photograpgically I found interesting was how that when photography started, people were using it like they used painting.

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I believe that a truly great artist is one who has mastered the westno to visualize what the subject looks like through the lens, and thoughtfully executing on that vision.

When you see photographically, you envision the final print and use your skills to bring that idea to life.

Rena McInerney Olk says: When I see a great photograph, it tells a story and makes me think. Personally, I completely disagree. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This problem was doubly worrisome because I study the history of photography.

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I also understand better how there are so many options for photographing just one thing.

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I agree with a lot of what Weston says in fdward article. Each type of media has unique attributes to them that coincides with the creative process. There are no lines unlike paintings. You sweing commenting using your Twitter account. Perhaps the Pictorialists are back; if they have ever gone away. Further, into the topic of images, a composition is an essential part of the subject; a good composition that is.

As the process is instantaneous and the nature of the image is unable to survive manipulation as done by the painterly exponents then ” it is obvious that the finished print must be created in full before the film is exposed”.

December 16, at 5: Unlike drawing and painting, photography puts more emphasis on the process as a whole and the nature of two important aspects: I also found it interesting how Weston explained just how different and unique photography is compared to other forms of art.

I have always believed in the art form of photography, and can appreciate is as Photographiclly appreciate other works. They were deemed unconventional and excluded from museums and so they started their own exhibitions. If a photo is captured with no prior planning or premeditated purpose is it is it truly art? I’m not saying that music and photography isn’t art, but it just made me things of all the ways in which the original piece can be edited. However, I feel like it is just as important to acknowledge the medium as it is to ignore it.

I think I can actually appreciate it more now that I have a greater understanding of the elements of photography and the abilities it takes to take a great picture.

Does the device at that point become the artist? The only way you can strengthen your photographic skills is by practice. September 23, at 1: By comparison to this line of thinking, so much of photography is taken using an automatic camera or even just a fully automatic smartphone. However this can only be retained if one simplifies all his equipment and skill to the minimum necessary.


Cinematography, while it is a completely different beast from photography, carries many of the same rules with regards to composition, lighting, and the operation of a mechanical apparatus with the goal of achieving a crafted image. In addition to the above discussion, I also found Weston’s description about the two basic factors in the photographic process that set it apart from other graphic arts to be really enlightening.

January 30, at 4: What resonated with me most was his description of the nature of the recording process. Different factors, such as the type of surface, emulsion, and enlargement, play a role in retaining the integrity and clarity of the photo. September 19, at Now a days, a lot of music is edited with the technology available. The technical process of developing, scanning, and enlarging can be easily learned by pretty much anyone. This process has definitely gotten easier as I continue to shoot.

This is then later connected within the article to the root cause of the art forms misconception. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. With proper information, the painter can create their vision with time to perfect anything they westin. Its composition, its framing, the lighting, the angle all this determines the artistic merit of a photograph.

Not only does one have to worry about technicalities such as exposure, focus, positioning, but the photographer also has to worry about the actual subject matter and composition. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This is what separates a good photographer from a great one.

The course that I took at Delaware Art Museum taught me how to use the dslr that I purchased for phootgraphically fieldwork.