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Share Your Creative Vision

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Alhambra Palace, Grenada, Spain Copyright 2006 Stu Estler

Alhambra Palace, Grenada, Spain Copyright 2006 Stu Estler

More than simply a tool to record an event, photography allows us to interpret our environment in a way that reflects our vision of it; even to cross that line between fantasy and reality and create a world that may not appear to exist to the eye. Moreover, the viewer has the ability to apply his or her interpretation of the photograph, further expanding our views and challenging our beliefs as to what may or may not be reality.





Ansel Adams said that “There are always two people in every picture – the photographer, and the viewer.” Richard Avedon wryly observed that “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” These two thoughts compliment each other and together help define why we find photographs both uneasily challenging to our beliefs, yet seductively alluring to our imagination and desires.

Ultimately the ability to create a reality of our own design may be the most appealing element of all in photography. The truth is, we all view “reality” through our own filters, our own beliefs and desires. Photography allows us to easily express our creativity to surprise, persuade and maybe just to share our reality with the rest of the world.