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Observe The Details

Last week I discussed having the infamous “Photographer’s eye,” a skill I have developed as I continued my practice with photography. My journey started exactly how I now recommend to beginner photographers to grow- Start by picking up the camera. In my first month, I challenged myself to complete (as in shot an edited) a series of photos every day for a month. I quickly developed my knack for the camera, even if my shoots would take several hours, just to get that one perfect shot. However, that was half the battle, as this practice also forced me to fast track my knowledge on editing and photoshop. Building these skills, allowed me to focus and tune into the finer details of a photo. Through consistent practice, I honed a sharp attention to detail, allowing me to recognize even the slightest changes in others' work. This improved skill not only enhanced the quality of my own photography but also increased my understanding of the editing process. Looking back, this period of dedicated practice marked a crucial milestone in my development as a photographer, providing the foundation for the techniques and perspectives that guide my artistic approach.

Can you tell the difference between these photos? One is edited with minute changes to bring out or distort certain details in the object. 

This reminded me also of Archivorum’s recent trip to Paris, where Arianna, Anaïs, and I were lucky enough to see a photography show at Galleria Continua- Leila Alaoui’s “Made in India.” At this particular show, Alaoui had made a series of portraits of women who worked in the garment factory in Chennai. After the portraits were taken, the artist gifted the women with an individual framed photo of themselves, as we were told through a video documenting the experience. “I’m curious what you think,” Anaïs had told me, “since you’re a photographer and all.” While the photos and exhibitions were quite stunning, I couldn’t help but notice how the photos Alaoui gave to the women were different versions of the ones in the gallery. Knowing that the contrast and texture of the photos were one of the main considerations in the gallery show, I could tell how the framed photos were easier on the eyes, and thus made a better personal present than a gallery framed print. To answer Anaïs’ question- “I just looked at the details.”

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