Best Photographs a Year According to Garp

I’m just mess’en with ya!

No, it is not the best photographs a year according to Garp that matter…No.  It is the best photographs in a year in my opinion, for my photography.  For I am my hardest critic, so when I think I have captured and designed a good, or great image, I say,

“Wow, this one could be one of my best images this year!”

Your Own Vision – Your Own Voice:

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

You see, as Swift said, vision is inside the artist.  That is why an artist, a photographer will see something significant to their vision, and then photograph or paint it.  This “vision” may be totally void of everyone else seeing what you, the artist, sees.  Does that mean that your efforts are worthless?  No – maybe it just means that others do not understand your vision.  Artist’s Statements are helpful in this case, so the artist can attempt to describe in words, the meaning of the art piece, or art series, or their motivations for creating the work.

Ansel Adams said there are only a few images per year that are significant in anyone’s work:

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

I believe Ansel was correct.  Too many people believe that all their photographs, or most of their photographs are fantastic.  I’m not sure how they get that idea, unless if it is based on popularity due to them having hundreds of followers or “friends” on Flickr, or Facebook, then obviously, a mathematically formulated proportion of those followers will probably hit the like button, or leave a comment, like:  “Wow, awesome!”  Or, “Linda!” Or, “Show!”  WTF does that mean?  Or, “She’s HOT!”  I believe that this building up of one’s ego through social photo websites is not a good indicator of fantastic and meaningful photography:  I just do not see the connection.  Perhaps others do, but I do not.  I also do not believe that these social photo websites are good for photographers who want to genuinely improve their photographic skills.

  • People who really want to see your photography improve, and everyone’s craft can improve no matter how long they have been at it, will help you improve by giving constructive comments by way of positive reinforcement and honest commentary:  An Example of this is:  “Nice Photograph, I see where you are going with this image, and your perspective is unique.  Did you consider shooting from this other angle,” etc.  That kind of comment is better because the viewer offers the photographer another perspective on how to do the shot, or shots in the future.  It is, in other words, constructive and helpful.  I am not saying you have to agree with the constructive advice all the time, but some may be helpful for you.
  • It is not to say that the commentator knows better than you do about what you have photographed, but they may have another approach you could try, or maybe they saw something you missed.
  • It is great to get all sorts of ego-boosts from followers of your social photo networks, but it is not very useful to help you improve your craft.
  • Appreciation – If anyone takes time to look at, and or, comment, on my photographs, I really appreciate it. Thank you.

“Any-who!”

As Ansel said, 12 great photos in one year is an amazing crop of images – a good collection.  In general, I think that most skilled photographers have lots and lots of good photographs per year, but great ones…I think that those are a very select few.

How do you know a great shot?  I do not know the answer to that question, but a photographer has a gut feeling that a scene they captured, and the photograph they created from that scene, could be a great image for them, during any year.

With that said, and I am not expecting anyone to agree with me at all, I feel that my photograph of Firefighter Uniforms all hanging in a row, inside the fire-station, in Penang, Malaysia, is one of my best images so far in 2013.

FIRE FIGHTING UNIFORMS LINED UP IN A FIRE STATION ON BEACH STREET, IN PENANG, MALAYSIA by NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR.  All Rights Reserved.

FIRE FIGHTING UNIFORMS LINED UP IN A FIRE STATION ON BEACH STREET, IN PENANG, MALAYSIA by NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR. All Rights Reserved.

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