The aesthetic, the photo, the message

As I wrote here the reason why I’m studying different styles and tones is to have a wider range of expression. From a personal point of view the aesthetic and the photo cannot be separated from the message you want to communicate.

You can edit a photo in several ways but you can only tie one single message for each edit.

Let’s consider for example this pic:

While looking at it, try to think about few keywords, feelings, sensations. It’s just a dumb photo — I know — but try this exercise writing some of these on a piece of paper or a notepad. Now consider the same photo but edited in a completely different way:

Try the same exercise. What did you noticed? What changed? What surprised you?

This is what I mean when I say that the message cannot be separated from the photo and the aesthetic itself.

Now this is the most dramatic example I could have done because this concept between color and black and white photography can be clear to everyone.

About that, yesterday I saw a great movie from Noah Baumbach where the aesthetic and b&w photography played a key role for the beauty of the movie and the messages communicated.

This is in my opinion one of the best photograms of the movie — I found it on the web, but it is exactly the same that I shot yesterday from my phone while watching the movie.

However the same concept (message = photo + aesthetic) can be applied to different black and white photography styles.

An example here:

But let’s go through some color photography examples too:

That’s all for now folks 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post, feel free to let me know what you think, happy to exchange opinions and point of view.

Cheers,
Matt

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