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by techgnotic
Wed Jan 25, 2011, 7:00 PM



When a subject poses to have his or her photograph taken, the subject tries to project a message about himself or
herself by how he or she “poses”, by the attitude of his or her body language or facial expression.

If the subject is posed by the photographer, the body pulled and prodded into the desired angles,
the facial expression “directed”, it is the photographer who is intending to communicate a message.
In either case, posing or posed, there is undeniably something “false” in the representation. Perhaps
the only “true” thing being represented in this art is a record of how people being photographed or
people photographing other people misrepresent reality for whatever their reasons. Perhaps it’s human
to always want to show a life that’s a little prettier, happier, better.












Grisha 3 by jivotnoetwo good friends by VaggelisFragiadakislooking for by M0THartFree Play by Hengki24







Street Photography takes direct aim at this “falseness” by taking the camera into the streets to record “true”
documentary moments in life.  The subjects are usually unaware as they go about their lives, having no time to strike
a pose to enhance or send a particular message about those lives. There are surely flaws in this simple theory of what
is “truthful” and therefore worthy of possibly being designated “art” as opposed to what is obvious artifice (posings)
which make the “art” designation more problematic.  Certainly there is brilliant artistic photographic portraiture, but
is the art more in the skill in lights and shadows and operating the camera and other equipment itself – vs “capturing”
the soul of the subject?

















Of course even in “the street” there’s the kids smiling for Dad’s lens in the backyard pool, and what could be more
posed than a celebrity red carpet event?  But “real” street photography is all about the capture of unscripted, un-posed
moments from human being’s lives where and when a little bit of their true selves is exposed “naked” for just a moment,
and a true documentary of a true event in human history, comic or ironic, heartwarming or horrifying, is recorded for all eternity.


Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”




But sometimes, when looking at a masterful street photographer’s work, we can at least pretend that all in our lives
is not mere artifice, and that there are “real people” out there amongst all those “actors”, real people just living their lives.










Questions for the Reader:



  1. Does the act of posing subjects for photographic composition, to your mind, in any way compromise or lessen the value of the photo as “art”?
  2. Do you prefer posed or “candid” photographs of your pop heroes?  Are paparazzi ever “artists” or is their “art” too assaultive to merit such consideration?
  3. Do you think photography best captures the representational “essence” of a person photographed, or is a person’s essence best represented by a sketch artist or great painter?  (Or even a poet?)
  4. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tells us that by observing a subject, we change it in that moment, therefore “negating” or “falsifying” any representation we seek to “capture” or “know”.  Is art, to your mind, about achieving the closest possible representation of the “truth” about a subject – or is it more about the artist’s desire to capture just for a moment the eternally unknowable?












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:icongeoperno:
Agree with MorphoAdonis comments. Though at this point in time I find Street photography probably the most interesting, if that was all that was available, I would get very tired of it and photography. What I have enjoyed in the short time in DA is that anyone can submit anything. That to me is an ideal world where freedom is permitted and encouraged and we are able to choose as we wish. I don't understand why people shoot dolls or their pet cats but I certainly would not look down on them because of it. That is their world. It does not impose itself on me.live and let live. Encourage people, don't divide the people. I have a lot of respect for street photographers, it is, in my opinion a very difficult form of photography which requires great reflex of mind, creativity and technical proficiency in a split second. But I do get a feeling of arrogance or perhaps a patronizing attitude from the typical street photographer towards other forms of photography. Anyway, try to avoid a class elitism from developing just because you are good at what you do. Enjoy all around you and make it better if you can.
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NICE!....
I actually had someone try to tell me that 'Staged Street Shots' are acceptable street.
Sort of goes against everything one would hope to be a 'candid' moment captured.
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Does the act of posing subjects for photographic composition, to your mind, in any way compromise or lessen the value of the photo as “art”?
NO---if it is not falsely calming itself to be a candid shot


Do you think photography best captures the representational “essence” of a person photographed, or is a person’s essence best represented by a sketch artist or great painter? (Or even a poet?)

All depends on who is behind the camera....How good their intuitive sight is.


The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tells us that by observing a subject, we change it in that moment, therefore “negating” or “falsifying” any representation we seek to “capture” or “know”. Is art, to your mind, about achieving the closest possible representation of the “truth” about a subject – or is it more about the artist’s desire to capture just for a moment the eternally unknowable?

Too complicated to even think about.
art---is art.
truth is truth...there cannot be two truths.
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Petach123 Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi. I have not been around for a while.......so I am pleased to discover you used my "kiss, look, hurry by" photo as part of your article. What can I say? but thanks!
Regards
Pete
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Ambhal Feb 9, 2012
I love candid shots. I suppose candids open up a fourth wall/the lens and engage the viewer. The shots encourage the creation of a story to go with a singular moment in time.
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:iconalpacaastronauta:
My english is not that good, but i can't keep silence.

Como en la mayoría de las cosas no se trata ni de blanco ni de negro. Me atrevo a hablar del alma de una fotografía; es tan necesaria una buena composiciňn de luces, una selecciňn del fotografo y una direcciňn (aunque no sea concreta al modelo, la direcciňn tambičn estŕ en la selecciňn de un encuadre), pero es tambičn necesario capturar ese instante, ese no se quč que trasmiten ciertas fotos, LA ETERNIDAD DEL INSTANTE reducido y simplificado en un encuadre, un juego de luces y un gesto. He dicho.
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SensoriumStudios Feb 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Do people just walk up to others and ask "hey can i take a picture of you?"
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:iconcharltonraims:
CharltonRaims Feb 9, 2012   Writer
I think a person or event that is not posed shows you more of the beauty that city streets have to offer, but if you get caught taking pictures of people seemingly at random it is quite hard to explain what you doing, and I am not saying that a posed picture cannot be beautiful, but I just find the natural ones to have a certain truth and rawness to their beauty that makes them more alluring and powerful.
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:iconfabnash:
In photographing people all styles have artistic merit, but emotionally I have a leaning towards those captured without knowing. To me they inhabit themselves and that is particularly interesting to see.
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Nikkij19 Feb 9, 2012   Photographer
Its capturing a moment that is eternally unknowable. because whether a photo is posed or taken with them unaware and being a "real" moment you never really know how a person is just by looking at one picture of them. They could be caught in a moment of anger. or a moment of sadness. or a moment of complete happiness but does not mean that they are always like that. Looks can be decieving. Posed or otherwise I appreciate and enjoy and respect everyones art and photography. and try to see what they were trying to capture/expose/reveal. but sometimes only the artist knows, or doesnt even know himself. Sometimes inspiration just hits and you have to go with it. Sometimes moments are caught by accident, or missed. and sometimes you just want to pose. :)
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