Talking with clicks – photography needs no words
Hello everyone, my name is Edyta and I am from Poland. I have been watching Lara on Instagram since the very beginning and I have always liked how she implements her various ideas and how she develops her talent.
That is why when she offered me to guest post on her blog, I was very excited. But the next moment I thought: “OMG, I will have to write something”. I thought that, because my answer to the above question is usually a NO.
In my opinion, photography does not need any words. It can perfectly express itself in other ways. I like talking with clicks, but a blog is a blog, It needs words. So…
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“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it!”
Photography has delighted me since I can remember. My favourite childhood books were those with pictures. I could watch them for hours. As soon as I got a camera in my hand, I started taking pictures myself. I have never used any professional equipment, usually, they were automatic cameras or mobiles – recently a BlackBerry Z10.
Although I would like to take as many beautiful photos as possible, I value more the opportunity to capture some interesting moments. I say then, that I was in the right place at the right time. And it was no different in the case of this sunset photo.
It was about four in the afternoon when I saw that fabulous light breaking through the tall city buildings. I sneaked out of work just to find an open space and capture it. What a joy when I saw that the picture came out well, and even technically it was not bad.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it is what you see”
I am a local patriot. That is why I often photograph places I visit in Poland, my homeland. I like photographing eye-catching, colourful and expressive things. But sometimes seemingly uninteresting and boring historic places may tell their own story if we use our imagination.
This was the case with the photo I took during my visit to the beautiful Polish castle in Wiśnicz… Why is this room so empty and who is the armchair waiting for? Did the guide not mention any ghost? What else would this small sign above the door mean if there is no way out?? A spooky place and a spooky photo 😉
“You don’t take a photograph – you ask quietly to borrow it”
I try my best at photography but sometimes I am limited by the capabilities of my phone. It is annoying when the picture of an amazing setting sun or detail of a flower is not as beautiful as I expected it to be. Other times, however, the photo is very good but something still seems wrong, something is missing.
I rarely use filters but yes, sometimes a photo “asks” for a black and white finish. In that cases I politely “listen”, I run a simple editing program and… here it is: the photo waiting for the princesses: Spring and Colours…
“Sometimes I do get to places, just when God’s ready to have somebody click on the shutter”
I have to admit that I take a lot of photos at once. I am not one of those super masters who patiently set the parameters of their super cameras and take a super picture right away. What fascinates me is digging up my hundreds of just taken photos and suddenly be surprised by what I find among them.
Is that how a professional photographer behaves? Probably not … But I am an amateur. I must confess, that most of my photos were taken accidentally… Here is an example. I do not know where this photo of tree – which completely blew me away – came from. Is it really just from the botanical garden?
“It’s an illusion that photos are made with the camera….they are made with the eye, heart and head”
I am more and more willing to search for subjects somewhere else. Recently it was Rome, where the sun and an extremely blue sky made photos look beautiful even when taken with an amateur’s equipment. But what if it is rainy and gray day? As for Rome, it does not matter. It is photogenic even on a rainy day.
So what is the most important thing in photography if not the weather, the equipment, a dazzling editing, some exotic places or even words? I will repeat what Henri Cartier-Bresson – one of the photographers quoted above – said: “The most important thing is wide open eyes, a bit of head and what we have in our hearts”. ♥
It seems that, contrary to my initial fears, I managed to choose a few words for my pictures. 😉 It even turned out to be a pleasure. It may encourage me to reactivate my blog, but for now I will only invite you to visit my Instagram account. There are a few photos and as you might expect, not so many words. Thank you for reading and a big thank you to Lara for her patience and support ♥