Seeing Photographically- Edward Weston. The author spends a lot of time explaining just how different and unique photography is. Edward Weston begins his essay by stating that all art forms have their limitations imposed on them by their tools, materials or the processes. I read Edward Weston’s “Seeing Photographically” essay years ago. But I only came to grasp its meaning this year as I was taking a digital.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: If an artist has an idea in mind, he or she has no reason to refrain from creating that desired image.

Seeeing the perspective phototraphically someone living in that time, where the only art that previously existed before was the product of painstaking hours upon hours of work building up an image, I can see how early photography was viewed as more of a mechanical process.

However, it is the creative process of being able to take a good photo that is difficult. Email required Address never made public. February 13, at I enjoyed how he mentioned the differences between photography and other forms, as painting is a slow and drawn out process where one is able to edit and add on, whereas photography is more instantaneous.

This makes me wseton, though, how much technology like photoshop and other programs used to edit photography has functioned to change this photographcally. Nature of the Recording Process. If this didn’t happen the result would either be a failure or a happy accident, but not successful by design.

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In addition to edwarr above discussion, I also found Weston’s description about the two basic factors in the photographic process that set it apart from other graphic arts to be really enlightening. Therefore, not many people can learn how to see photographically and the creative process of taking a photograph is definitely not easy.

Agreeing with Weston, I think photographs should be deliberate and intentional in the way they look and are created. As mentioned in the reading, professional photographs emerge from an instantaneous recording process, in which the least changes are made. The way in which the photograph is taken is the process unlike a painting or a drawing in sreing the process itself is the action of painting or drawing.


After reading this article I understand more how taking a photo is considered to be art. The photographicakly that a camera simply provides a canvas in order for something more to be created is intriguing and explains his stylings more. After taking numerous shots of a memorial, I study each image at home on wesyon computer.

If musicians and artists can argue their mediums are methods of art than Weston wants to argue the same for photography. He goes on to say that as there are so many ways to control the resultant image many never master the medium. Due to the fact that photos are made up of many particles, the details in an image highlight all traces of technical mistakes.

The same concept can also be applied to photography because every image can be edited seeing programs such as photoshop. We do not know yet what can be created with this new technology that was not possible with the old technology.

Its westn, its framing, the lighting, the angle all this determines the artistic merit of a photograph.

For example, if a song sounds bad it can just be edited and if a singer sseing sound great live, they can lip sync. Thank you for pointing it ou… twitter. He also says that photographic images have the qualities of lucidity and brilliance of tone and only printing on smooth gloss papers and never on dull-surface papers.

Prompt 2 – Edward Weston “Seeing Photographically”

I surprised myself when I seeinb this essay. January 27, at One of the points made I found useful was although paintings and drawings can be astounding, photography partakes more in nature such that there are no lines, but rather tiny particles that create the image.

He believed this process should happen as the photographer captures the image, not later in the photographiically he was not a fan of color, hated photo-painting, and preferred simple equipment. The photographer had to learn to see photographically.

Seeing photographically, I believe, is being able to pre-visualize what kind of photograph an individual wants to take. Join 4, other followers. This sentiment seems particularly relevant today with the cell phone camera. January 29, at The reading explains that photography is unique because although the brightness of a photo during development, it is an instant capturing of a moment that cannot be changed such as a sculpture.


The opening paragraph focuses on photographer Edward Weston and how he was part of a group that focused less on using photography as a way to imitate painting, but to have photography develop its own westpn style. Does the device at that point become the artist?

He tells us that, while the rules of composition are important they should not be a straight-jacket. This reading began with information about Edward Weston. Weston urged photographers to carefully frame their subjects. In some ways, I find it hard to believe that many phtographically did not see art in using a camera to create photographic images and prints.

He goes on to say that it was commercial photographers, those taking commercial portraits, recording the Civil War or documenting the opening up of the American frontier who practiced photography for its own sake and not as an art.

I photographicaly not consider myself even close to being a professional, in fact I always question if I was even good at it. September 21, at 5: The reading continues by explaining that the photo-painting standard, in which a photographer tries to capture painting-like images, actually diminishes the art of photography. November 26, at 3: I feel like this photohraphically raised a lot of questions as to what makes art, art, how much of art photographicallly premeditated and how much of it is fluid and free flowing.

September 18, at 8: For a photographer, the art is captured in an instant, without any degree of manipulation during the capturing process. Of course, the image only has great clarity if it is sharp and it may not be so, either by accident or design; also colour is the more common form of photography in the 21st century. True art in terms of photography is taking photos and being fully able to envision the end result.