As with sound, images are subjective. You and I may not see the same color red as red, but we will probably agree that the image on the screen is a digital image or film image, based on contrast, bit depth, and refresh rate.

John Dykstra

“Red Metal Door – Georgetown, Penang” (2011, Nawfal Johnson Nur)

RED DOOR, Georgetown, 2011, njn
RED DOOR, Georgetown, 2011, njn. An interesting red painted door in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, photographed by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

Some people may wonder why photographers create the photographs they do.   Many people, I suspect, don’t care.  There are some, a few, who are interested in your work:  It is this group who will spend the time to look more deeply at your photographs and see why the photographer took the time to compose and photograph a subject.  These interested few will realize the minor details in the photograph, that also, I assume, caught the eye of the photographer.  Some of these details may be color, texture, design, shadow and light.

In the photograph of the red door, I was attracted by the vibrant red color when I first saw it.  I then approached the door more closely to get my photograph.  I wondered what the Chinese characters meant.  I was also half curious what the pealed off, square sign was, that used to be there.  I noticed several layers of paint underneath the red paint.  I wondered how many layers there were, and how old this door was.  So many interesting questions pop up in my mind when I see an interesting subject to photograph.  I may never get all the answers to my questions about a subject; nonetheless, I always attempt to get a photograph of the subject.

Yes, images are subjective.  I can’t please all the people all the time.  However, if I can please myself through the work that I do, then what more can I ask.  If I feel I have captured some subject that interests me, and I have done a good job with the composition, then the photograph is likely to capture the attention of a few other people who also see subjects similar to the way I see the subjects.  If I find answers to some of my questions about a subject, then that is an added bonus.

I can’t be alone.  The world is a big place, so live curious with a camera in hand at ‘all’ times, and create photographs that satisfy your adventurous spirit.


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