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One Photo Per Day 2010 conclusions

One Photo Per Day 2010 conclusions of a wonderful experience

At the end of 2009, both of us, became interested in photography, and intrigued about aesthetics, about what makes a good photography, we decided to embark in an ambitious 365 day project to find out more. By that we hoped to learn, find, try to get an insight into photography and at the end to see if some progress was achieved, to draw some objective conclusions.

  1. C. has already tried to get an aesthetic glimpse into sound, with the ABBILDUNG music project. An integration of photography was long time predicted and in 2010 the unitary concept of sound and imagery was now completed.(footnote)1

What we learned during the OPPD project? From a photographer’s evolution standpoint, although at first interested in technique, tools and image qualities, there is a point in which these aspects slowly fades out, and finally the true artistic meaning of a photography comes in first place. It is not important the image quality but what the photo is able to express, how well the photographer has succeeded to say his thought. It is about to express himself, to know himself and to try to create and reach a perfection. That photos that make us stare at for hours, that make us come back again to them.

For example, there were many times when the light was not helping, at least in the evening, and it was always a concern whether a big ISO setting will badly affect our photo result. Soon realizing that this is not the main concern…and even more, we turned this as an advantage.

We shortly understood that “photography it’s about (among other things) to be open to see, to fore-see (anticipate), to visualize (creativity I may call it). To have the basic rules in mind (about composition, about painting principles) but be also ready to ignore them (achieve a balance between order and disorder). To see the lines, how they converge, to have a sense of plain geometry, spatial geometry, symmetry (patterns) and contrast. The contrast means light, how it sculpts the image overall. These aspects, we think, define a photographic eye.”

Another aspect that we felt its importance was the experience, the more photos you make the more you define (refine) yourself and eventually become better in some way or another (be it composition, contrast, predictability of a frame). Patience was also important, there were times when we hunted a subject for days until it pleased us.

We also learned to look in black and white, L. actually set the camera on B/W photo effect. This way she could see the B/W interpretation of the captured moment right away. We used the RAW mode so the color information was never lost. C. has learned also a bit on film qualities and especially how B/W is handled in the digital era. The main source was a book, received as a gift from friends, very helpful (thanks guys!).

The most OPPD photo’s final interpretations and treatments were done by C. and the final decision of what photo should be published was taken together: it is important to have a second opinion that is able to see also from a different perspective.
We tried all kind of themes, from macro to landscapes but with time we realized that a particular style of photography came closer to us: B/W with a human touch, with a noir aura and in the personage’s natural environment (we never setup the photos neither manipulate them). We like much the works of “anarchist” Henri Cartier-Bresson (footnote)2, when we first saw his photos we remained profoundly marked, we felt so close to his work as we were at home.

We found also that when embarking in photography (and equally in all arts I suppose), the first important thing to have with you is the sense of openness to create. When this is with you, and realize its importance everything else comes naturally.

We passed through tough times (we are full time job employees) but we were able to finish the project as promised and we felt the progress, thus the initial scope was achieved. We are also aware that we shall not stop, there is room for much better. We also succeeded to integrate the photography into our lives as a free activity (not as business, and we intend to keep it so) and we felt that with each effort we became more and more aware of what we are.

It has been a wonderful experience for us! Thank you all who watched our work and thanks RedBubble for allowing us integrate into a great community.
C. & L. 05.01.11

1 About ABBILDUNG project:
Among an interest in Mathematics and Physics, on the Wittgensteinian world space the imagery (either photo or video) comes into completion of the experimental project:

Sample ABBILDUNG music, from Two-Sphere Geometry release.

“the concept of anthropocosmos became also of great importance for ABBILDUNG, this means an out-of-the-box look at the human layer, at the cultural roots, at the esoteric and its religious experiences since the beginning. Further on, the world beyond words is explored by photography, the
anthropocosmos is thus also visually exposed, the circle is now complete.”

How fast these 365 days passed!
Integrating the “sound and imagery” act of creation naturally into my life was an act of conscious will…when I realized that I am not gonna live forever. I do not believe in words such as “I am not capable of doing that”, you must try hard to cultivate any passion, otherwise your life, as a noble being, is in vain. C.

2 “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” H.C. Bresson interview here and here.

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