What is a photograph?
The answer to the question will have depend on the situation.
Photos up until now have defined the world around us and the media today.
A photograph is:
- Bound by the edges of a frame
- Mirrors the physical world
- A 2D representation of the world it flattens the 3D space.
- Fixed in time
- Useful or a work of art.
Photos can have different meanings such as a mammogram could sell for £1000s but if you brought one home it would mean something completely different.
Describing an image tells us what it denotes.
A connotation of an image is what you feel when you see it – it’s meaning.
So if you saw a picture of a heart. The picture would denote a picture of a heart. The connotation of the picture is love.
As a photographer you should choose what goes in the frame.
If you focus on a particular thing a third in front and two thirds behind will be in focus.