Seeing & Looking
When looking at a photograph, what vital questions must we ask of the photographer?
"How did you make it? Can you tell me the story behind it ? "
If we ask "Where" was it taken, that question takes us away from the photograph itself.
Asking "When did you take it" also ignore the photographic craft. Questioning when and where puts the discussion into categories. The questioner often shifts quickly to their own associations and their own life experience.
When I ask "What aperture, what shutter, what camera, how long it took" the photograph itself is again ignored. These are meta qualities. They have nothing to do with what the photograph might mean.
So, to tap into meaning, a vital interactive question we viewers can pose is: "Can you tell me the story about this photograph?" We could also just keep silent, and look, and look longer, and again, at the photograph itself.
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages