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Subject: [Leica] Alternate Whispering
From: tedgrant at (Ted Grant)
Date: Thu Apr 6 16:54:05 2006
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B. D. Colen offered:
Subject: Re: [Leica] Alternate Whispering

> Definitely the original, Tina- But this is a classic example of why
> photographers shouldn't put captions on photos, except where required in
> newspapers and magazines. Again, I don't see whispering; I don't see
> religion; I don't see call to prayer- I see father and child. Yes, in a
> photo story this image may say every one of those things - but you're
> showing an individual image. Just put it up, and let it tell it's own 
> story.<<

Hi B. D.,
I'm with you when it comes to putting words to a photograph because quite 
often the words don't do a thing and I've seen news-photos in our National 
Newspaper photographer awards judging lose because we the judges have 
said... "What the heck does that have to do with what the picture is?"

Photography is visual and when it comes to individual photographs most times 
words are meaningless. I've always said, particularly when judging... "I 
don't want to hear nor read what the picture is, I just want to make my 
decision on what I look at, not words that are supposed to make a difference 
to the decision.

A photograph stands on it's own or it doesn't, look, enjoy or not, make 
decision, then find out what it's about. Yes sometimes knowing what the 
photograph is illustrating makes a difference. Sometimes before the judges 
give a  final marking often we ask for "word details" because sometimes it 
does make a major difference.

But in the case of Tina's photograph it gave off such a wealth of emotion it 
truly needed to stand without words. Quite an interesting photograph to say 
the least.


Replies: Reply from datamaster at (Gary Todoroff) ([Leica] Alternate Whispering)
In reply to: Message from bdcolen at (B. D. Colen) ([Leica] Alternate Whispering)