In this edition of ‘The Amateur Photographer’, I will stick to the ideas I explained in this post. I won’t go into depth as I have in past iterations of this series. Instead, I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves. However, I’ll give some insights on a few of them.
All of these photos were taken in Valencia, Spain.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
I was talking with a friend some time ago about photography and the process of finding meaning in and through this medium. She asked which comes first in the process for me: do I take the photo first and find meaning after looking at it? Or do I search for meaning and then try to find a photo opportunity that fits that meaning?
There are multiple definitions of the word amateur. When it comes to photography, I am, by several of these definitions, an amateur. It’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing, but I am neither paid for it, nor am I particularly skilled. I realize that I have much work to do in both taking and editing photographs. More skilled photographers and photo editors could likely do much better with the same subjects and photos, respectively. However, I also realize that the only way to improve my skill in photography is to go out and shoot. So here we are.
The following are some examples of photos I took while in Boston, Massachusetts, with some of my observations.