Your favorite picture

Have you ever been asked what your favorite photo is?

Your favorite photo might not be your best. It might not even be close to being your best. It probably has a story behind it that makes it special to you.

When you send photos to an editor for whatever reason, it’s important to know that when they see your photo they see it differently than you do. They don’t have an attachment to it. They don’t know the story behind it. How difficult it was to shoot. How lucky you were to be at that spot. All of that goes out the window. They see your photo cold.

When I am browsing photos I make a point of NOT looking at the photographers name before I see the photo. The name shouldn’t prejudice your view but it does. Are we more accepting of photos when we recognize the name behind them or can we be completely impartial when we view them?

I have been blessed or cursed with a short attention span. My favorite photo is always the next one I am going to take. It’s something like an addict looking for the next high. I’m always in pursuit and never satisfied. Honestly, I can’t say I have a favorite photo. Once the image is processed it’s quickly forgotten and I am thinking about my next trip outside to chase the weather.

Fellow Albertan and all around funny guy, Darwin Wiggett has a contest on his blog right now. He is asking for your favorite photo, any subject matter and why it’s your favorite.

The result is an eclectic mix. It’s always interesting to see what others are doing and what they like. You may agree or disagree but that’s art. There are no absolutes. No rights. No wrongs.  Go to darwinwiggett.wordpress.com to see some great stuff.

Darwin is one of the old timers on the photography scene in Canada and it’s worth the time going through his website to check out his vision of Canada.

Happy shooting,

Dan

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~ by Dan Jurak on December 1, 2009.

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