Our humanity

Simon five 10:34pm, 24 November 2011
We are cameras, we are not human beings.

With the exception of the occasional reflection or shadow the people taking pictures don't exist. Are we not part of the scenes we record? Do we really think we are invisible?
Julia M Cameron PRO 7 years ago
My eyes are human and my hand that holds the instrument that records what I see. I am not invisible to those being photographed, only by the viewer of the end product.
david_gillett 7 years ago
Interesting discussion!

"In physics, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on the phenomenon being observed. This is often the result of instruments that, by necessity, alter the state of what they measure in some manner. "
bart1eby 7 years ago
Richard Avedon said "My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph"

i see something and decide that for me it's worth photographing (whatever that means), i choose the angle, the framing, the depth of field, the exposure time, i press the shutter as many times as feels necessary to me to capture what it was i originally perceived. later i'll view the various images and pick the one that best matches either my original impression (or sometimes a new one that i discover when reviewing). i might adjust the exposure, the white balance, the contrast, the colours, the aspect ratio, i might even add or remove a few details that seem pertinent. all to bring it in line as best as i can not with how my camera saw it (in 2D), or my eye before that (in 3D), but how i perceived it in my mind...

in short there's so much of me in every photograph i take i sometimes wonder there's still room left for anything else...
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