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Definitely In the Picture

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 18 July 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

It's Sunday, Y'all!
In our photo class at Ghost Ranch, a discussion took place about artists (like painters) and how they differ from photographers.

One of the students (a retired engineer by profession) said photographers are different from painters because painters can make choices about the scene or subject, manipulate what is included or excluded, even place themselves into the scene they are painting. But all photographers can really do is record a moment in time or space as a distant, disconnected or detached observer.

Other students differed with that strictly technical viewpoint, with one (an active minister by profession), maintaining that photographers are more than detached technicians, do choose what they want to show in their photo, and can put themselves in the picture either literally or in some cases in terms of spirit -- perhaps because of a passion felt for the subject being pictured or the message the photographer may intend to communicate. In either case he maintained the photographer can and does put him/her self into the picture.

After class ended, I decided to have fun with the concept and put something of myself into today's picture. So here I am, both visible and yet invisible (which btw was the topic of this photo seminar at Ghost Ranch)... We all laughed about it when I shared this shot in class.

Soli Deo Gloria!

NIKON D80 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 500 28 mm

QB from Canada

It's a great shot. This happens to me all the time, and totally inadvertently. I'm not sure traditional visual artists would normally portray themselves with five legs (which is how I usually appear), but one never knows.

18 Jul 2010 8:31am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Glorious photo Glenn :)

18 Jul 2010 1:58pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

There's just something special about the American Western landscape.

18 Jul 2010 2:21pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice one

18 Jul 2010 2:41pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Good morning to you and your shadow! I like the idea of popping up in images every now and then--after all, we are part of what we create.

18 Jul 2010 4:14pm

@Amanda: Yes, it's fun to sort of "show up" inside the frame once in a while. According to my wife, Alfred Hitchcock always made a brief and unexpected appearance in almost every one of his films. Nothing as blatant as this is, of course.

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

hahaha..so cool self portrait shadow!!!look like a big big man sittin' front

18 Jul 2010 7:54pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous light and colors.

18 Jul 2010 10:43pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I am constantly trying to find the right angle to not include myself in the frame at this time of day. It is usually one of my favorite lights to shoot in but very difficult to do. Anyway, it's great to debate ideas like this with other photographers, and it's nice to see your spirit.

19 Jul 2010 12:16am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Such a great shot for your presence, and for the light and colors of the scene. High desert can be beautiful, as it can be harsh and unforgiving. Great self-portrait.

19 Jul 2010 3:19pm

1/200 second
ISO 500
28 mm