On Photography

Photography manages the impossible, if only to some extent: it makes moments last and freezes the time for a few seconds. The evanescence, which is the essence of time and which is sometimes hard to get to terms with, is being somewhat overcome.

Photographer and author Chris Orwig, who after an accident as a young man was in permanent pain, writes in his book ‘The creative fight’: ,,I discovered that the camera is a magical device. When I held it up to my eye the world became quiet and it blocked out my pain. (…) No longer focussing on myself, I saw the world with fresh eyes. What was once dismal became divine. The camera changed the way I experienced the world and shifted how I understood time.”

Make the world stand still

Looking through the viewfinder of our camera our view becomes clearer and the overload of stuff that enters our vision is being filtered. Concentrating on what is in front of our camera we are invited to stand still, to become calm and quiet and to embark on what we see. Because we are riveting entirely on the moment, the world kind of stands still for a second.

Mädchen mit Ballon im Gegenlicht Nadine Wilmanns

Whatever happens,
you can choose your perspective.

The photographer can modify, brighten up, darken or dramatizing the moment in the way he captures his picture. It is the photographers’ decision what is in the frame and what is not. 

Is it going to be a picture full of optimism? Does it convey sadness or melancholy? Is it humorous? Does it entail a message for its viewer and if so what message would that be? The photographer can modify, brighten up, darken or dramatizing the moment in the way he captures his picture.

Mädchen mit Ballon im Gegenlicht Nadine Wilmanns

The photographer can modify, brighten up, darken or dramatizing the moment in the way he captures his picture.

It is the photographers’ decision what is in the frame and what is not. Is it going to be a picture full of optimism? Does it convey sadness or melancholy? Is it humorous? Does it entail a message for its viewer and if so what message would that be? The photographer can modify, brighten up, darken or dramatizing the moment in the way he captures his picture.

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