Alfred Stieglitz – PHOTOGRAPHIC DREAM TEACHER

You can choose any person from history to teach you any topic you want. Who’s your teacher, and what do they teach you? 

The Daily prompt from http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/dream-teacher/ raises a tough question.  It’s always been a toss up for me between Stieglitz and Adams photography.  In the end I have to choose Stieglitz because of his artistic bent.  He pushed for recognition of photography as an art form long before there were hand held cameras or rolled film.  And his images of Venice and his portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe rise above what we think of as photography today.

 

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Stieglitz,_Georgia_O'Keeffe,_1918-colorized

Using a lesson from http://www.skillfeed.com called “How to Quickly Transform Photos into Beautiful, Romantic Images in Photoshop” I feel like I have committed an atrocity.  Just because in today’s digital world we CAN does not mean we should.  When photographers were just starting out in the medium they had what we now think of as primitive tools.  But compare the two photos…how does the digital enhancement in anyway romanticize or improve the incredible beauty of Stieglitz’s original of his beloved Georgia.  Sometimes I think we all need to unplug, untap, put away, untouch all of man’s advancements and just BE.  See the world with only our eyes and capture it with the simplest means possible.

 

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About PrimAndTattered

The Past ~ a little girl lived by the sea and dreamt of designing beautiful dresses for beautiful ladies. The Present ~ a seasoned seamstress who lives by the sea and designs folk art e-patterns to help others express their creative side and realize their dreams.
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