I love it when I have the chance to wander around and make photographs for myself. Notice I said “make photographs” not “take pictures.” This is not just an empty play on words. Millions of people point a camera at something everyday, press the shutter release and hope they will capture an accurate reproduction of what they see. Once in a while the capture is OK — but mostly not.
“Making a photograph” implies that the photographer put some thought into the subject or scene and had something in mind. Usually it’s an interpretation of what’s in front of him or her. Or maybe the subject/scene spurred some emotion or feeling in the photographer and s/he is creating a visual representation of that feeling in hopes of conveying it to the viewer.
This is Wells Fargo Plaza in downtown Houston. I was really struck by the architectural design of the tower. It reminded me of a scene from a Star Wars movie.
The real scene didn’t look like this at all. When I captured the raw image there was construction going on all over, and of course the tower was flanked by other buildings. so I had a little work to do to bring my vision to the forefront.
I really like the way it turned out; I hope you do too. I entered it in an international print competition and it scored a merit of exceptional quality.
The next time you hire a photographer to photograph one of your projects ask him or her to show you a portfolio of their personal work. It will give you some insight into their vision and the way they see a subject or scene. Download a free copy of my e-book on 5 Ways to Make Sure you are Getting the Most “Click” for your Buck when Hiring a Professional Photographer.
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