Tag Archives: Rethinking Digital Photography

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What makes a great photograph is not what you might think

It isn’t about the camera, the lens, or the technique you use. It has nothing to do with shooting like another photographer, copying a style, or being one of them.

Couple - © John Neel
Snake - © John Neel

Making Photographs From What We Know

Photography is a relatively new art form. It has only been around for a bit over a century and a half. In the scheme of almost every other form of the arts, that is a very small amount of time. In many ways, photography owes itself to all the arts that came before it.

Clouds - © John Neel
Easel - © John Neel

Image V Substance

It is the why and what we seek to find as photographers. As photographers we are visual poets. We write poems with our vision. Our subjects the actors we use to tell our story.

Hasselblad - © John Neel

A Hasselblad Returns

I was recently given the beautiful Hasselblad above by my dear friend,…… American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War: Carole Gallagher, a startling look at the effects of atomic fallout from the nuclear testing in the American West on those people who lived downwind. Carole’s beautiful black and white photographs taken of the victims and families who were affected by radioactive contamination are a dramatic account of their involuntary participation in the atomic age.

Big Snake - © John neel

Hype…Hype…Super Hype

Somewhere along the line, the world seems to have succumbed to the need for exaggeration in everything we do. ………Photography opens the door for seeing the world as it really exists. It allows us to realize the good as well as the bad.

© John Neel
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