0leI think that the advent of digital technology brought significant benefits and made photography accessible to everyone but, paradoxically, it also kept people away from the true concept of this art. As matter of fact, many “photographers” nowadays take pictures by randomly pressing the shutter and saying: “I’ll fix it later with Photoshop”… 

Yet the basic rules of image making didn’t change, and photographing still means interpreting emotions and telling about unique and unrepeatable moments. Also, the magic that lets us record what we see is still linked to the same elements: The light and the amount of it allowed to hit the sensor, be it digital or analog. This determined amount of light is regulated by a combination of technical and emotional parameters  that change the final appearance of a photograph, yielding a personal and free interpretation of the scene. That’s why only few photographers are able to give a meaning to what they see and to convey the feelings that lived at the time of the shot; And that’s why what we call “correct exposure” isn’t  a universal value, but always the result of a personal analysis of the events, according to one’s creative desires. All this confirms that it is the sum of technique and creativity that allows photographers to get what they want and to be able to tell not just what happens, but what they see it happens…

Some people are convinced that the fundamental thing to be original is transgressing the rules for creating new ones, but in order to infringe the rules one first needs to know them…


About Mauro Metallo

A Writer and Photographer equally at home in Italy and in Canada.

One response to “Green”

  1. davecandoit says :

    Well said, Mauro. When I was down at the Distillery District (a popular tourist attraction in Toronto) I was amazed at the number of people with digital cameras, from point & shoots to high end DSLRs. I have to wonder how many actually have a clue what they’re doing, including me. Coincidentally, since readying your well written posts, I’ve been thinking more about the art behind photography. The next time I go out to shoot I’m planning to really think more about what I’m doing. To consider the scene or subject before snapping away. Your blog is very inspiring. Keep up the good work.

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