DP Photo Challenge: experimental

Awhitu Central Church, Awhitu Peninsula, NZ. Colour image, edited with soft-focus. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Awhitu Central Church, Awhitu Peninsula, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Experiment: A scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.

There are lots of way to experiment in photography; many in-camera (aperture, shutter speed, etc) and many more in post-processing (everything from cropping to applying filters).

Most of the time, most of us would probably say we experiment to make a “better” photograph. This of course raises the question of what makes one image better than another. Much of it is technical stuff: is it in focus? Grainy? Blurry? Have we managed not to cut granny off at the neck? Is the horizon actually horizontal?

But beyond that, how do we feel about an image? What emotion does it evoke? What story does it tell — about the subject? About the photographer?

Photography is a language which — whether we realise it or not — we are all quite adept at reading. Constant exposure to professionally produced photographic images (still and moving) in newspapers, magazine editorial, advertising, TV shows and movies — and more recently social media — has developed our photographic literacy.

So my experiment for the Daily Post’s Experimental Photo Challenge is to take a single image and create multiple edits. Do these differences in editing affect how you read the image?

You tell me?