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on Mar 24, 2020 in Landscape Photography

Emotion a Subject?

Palouse Church
captured by Z7 / Z14-30

Every time you put your camera up to your eye, you gotta ask yourself, “What’s the subject?” Without that key element in the photograph, it is really, really, really hard to then arrange the rest of the elements to tell your story. With a photo like this of this lonely church on The Palouse, deciding what’s the subject can be a challenge. You might think it’s the church itself. But then you see the clouds and then you’re vision is brought down around again to the church. What is the subject?

Palouse Church
captured by Z7 / Z14-30

Is it possible the subject isn’t a specific element but all them wrapped up together to express an emotion? If you think an emotion you are invoking can be the subject, then how can you tell its story? Can shooting in color or B&W be a way to arrange the elements to instill that emotion that is the subject of your photograph? I think so, I do that all the time as I think emotion can be a subject. The challange is that some aspects of photography we’re comfortable with take a backstage and an aspect of photography a lot of photographers are very uncomfortable with, emotion, is center stage.

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