Comments for G Dan Mitchell Photography Daily photographs, news, observations, and ideas about photography Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:19:13 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How Difficult Was That Photograph? And Who Cares? (Morning Musings 11/22.14) by G Dan Mitchell Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:19:13 +0000 “One might ask, is the story augmenting the image, or is the image augmenting the story?”

Interesting, and in line with some of my vague comments about the issue being more complicated than it might first seem. If one’s primary goal is to tell stories in written form, a well chosen photograph can enhance that story — even if the photograph is not “great” on its own merits. And, on the other hand, less-than-great writing may well help viewers make more sense of or form a personal relationship with a visual image.

From the photographer’s perspective, it occurred to me that a really good photograph may benefit from words that help viewers relate to it or understand it in ways that they might otherwise not see… but good words will rarely make a mediocre photograph anything other than what it is.*


* Well, except on the web, where sometimes it seems that less-than-stunning photographic work does manage a bit more readily to make an impression when accompanied by certain kinds of text. But that is another post perhaps… ;-)