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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Interactive Media: Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston

This offers a simple idea that in other forms of art such as architecture, drawing, or painting, an artist may take years until they decide their work is completed. In photography, the image is caught in a single moment, and thus, this form of art requires a lot of practice and talent. You are commenting using your Twitter account. September 24, at 8: Of course, the image only has great clarity if it is sharp and it may not be so, either by accident or design; also colour is the more common form of photography in the 21st century.

Unlike other mediums, a photographer must set up the composition in their mind and know how to strategically work with their surroundings before the click of a button permanently records the moment.

He has to use the tools and the wfston to his advantage. This is LyAnn by the way, sorry. Thus, photographers have to visualize their world in relation to their lens so photographucally their photographs capture the pieces of the world that they want, in the way in which they want.

When I selected it, I expected to agree totally with what Weston said; and I do agree with a lot.

Painting differs from photography in the sense that the piece can be altered multiple times before the it is considered finished. As Weston discusses the technical aspects of photography and how some believe that “a straight photograph was purely the product of a machine and therefore not art,” I love how he compared this belief to musicians.

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. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital photography class. Michael Mahammadie-Sabet Like Like.

Edward explains that a photographer needs to see photographically. When I see a great photograph, it tells a story and makes me think. However, photographers must capture a moment in time that can’t be changed, which is why photographers must have the ability to see photographically.


My new training encouraged me to zoom in on those details. In the last class we discussed how right now people are using virtual reality in the context of what we already know such as television.

I believe that a truly great artist is one who has mastered the ability to visualize what the subject looks like through the lens, and thoughtfully executing on that vision. After taking numerous shots of a memorial, I study each image at home on my computer.

Agreeing with Weston, I think photographs should be deliberate and intentional in the way they look and are created. In order to be able to handle the quick nature of photography, one must understand each and every single piece of equipment inside and out.

Furthermore, it became an art of photo-printing rather than photography. Notify me of new posts via email. Each type of media has unique attributes to them that coincides with the creative process.

One also must block out any and all formula, art-dogma, rules, and taboos. He goes on to say that it was commercial photographers, those taking commercial portraits, recording the Civil War or documenting the opening up of the American frontier who practiced photography for its own sake and not as an art. Another part of the reading I found interesting was how that when photography started, people were using it like they used painting.

I enjoyed how he mentioned the differences between photography and other forms, as painting is a slow and drawn out process where one is able to edit and add on, whereas photography is more instantaneous. Therefore, granted that nowadays it often implements the use of editing softwares, photography is its own complex art medium that is distinct from other mediums because of its instantaneous nature.

This is then later connected within the article to the root cause of the art forms misconception. Additionally, with photography, the finished result must be planned. You are commenting using your WordPress. A good photographer will push boundaries and will always be pushing against societal norms.

A large number of photographer continually search for the latest piece of equipment or are constantly changing it for new.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He says that in the photo-painters’ opinion photography could never be art.

I think seeing photographically is what makes a photographer an artist. He mentions that there is so much that goes into a photograph, the position of the camera, the setting, lighting, etc and all of these things are what makes a photograph art. I think only when you learn the fundamentals of seeing photographically you have the skills to experiment and explore other photography outlets.


I think that is very exciting! However, this is done with simplicity in which only the basic, necessary equipment is needed, and where there are no rules to follow, but to capture your point of view of the world.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically”

Variations in photographs can be attained by the slightest change in angle, lighting, exposure time, or other factors of that sort. Outside of the immediate settings of the camera, you must also think about the processes performed in the photo lab necessary to create the edaard of the image.

When confronted with the camera, I found myself having edwarc certain image in my mind of how I wanted the piece to look like, but then not being able to make it through the lens.

He believed this process should happen as the photographer captured the image, not later in the darkroom. In painting and drawing, the composition can be altered throughout the process and can be considered finished when the artist sees fit.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically” | LMU Art Photography

Instead it made sreing tiny particles that give a special tension to the image. Especially when using film as opposed to digital cameras, it is vital to have an idea of what a photograph will look like. With all this said, however, I do believe that much of the power of weight of the piece comes down to the strength of the original image.

New amazing things could be created that were not possible with past mediums. I simply used to take pictures for fun, without thought as to the “nature of the recording process and the nature of the image. This intrigued me, as Westob myself have been trained in fine arts for the past 3 years, and have pondered the same ideas myself while creating works in the painting studio.