The Art of Photography

Photo by Danny Goldberg

Abbey Wiggam, photography student and junior, has found a new passion. This is Wiggam’s first year in photography. She is currently enrolled in Digital Photography and Photography I.

“In darkroom, we take pictures on 35 mm film and then go through the process of developing the film and making prints,” Wiggam said. “Meanwhile, In digital photography, we take the photo and can immediately see the outcome.”

Wiggam said she prefers digital photography because of the color the images contain. In darkroom photography, the pictures lack color, which Wiggam said detracted from the power of the photo.

“Color brings out emotions in people,” Wiggam said.

Wiggam said the difference between photography as an art or as a simple observation depended on how it was used. For example, Wiggam said she thinks photojournalism is observation of daily life, while the photography she takes is art. Wiggam has broad assignments and uses her creativity to brainstorm ideas that will convey emotion to the viewer.

“Photography is all about artistic interpretation,” Wiggam said. “Photography helps go into the minds of people; it is truly a form of expression.”

To create a truly great image takes much work, and Wiggam said she must be inspired before taking her image.

“Inspiration is the key to good photos,” Wiggam said. Wiggam cited Picasso, saying, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” Wiggam encouraged everyone to take photography.

Kevin Daly, photography teacher, said, “The majority of (photography) is observation, but if you’re an artist creating art, then it is art.”

“Photography is all about artistic interpretation. Photography helps go into the minds of people; it is truly a form of expression.”

Photography student and junior Abbey Wiggam

Daly said he teaches his class as an art class, allowing students room for creative expression. “A photograph can be just as impactful as a sculpture or a painting,” Daly said.

He added that photography is just as important as the other forms of art to society. “It can move a person, artwise,” he said. According to him, students are able to see the world differently after taking his class.

When students approach photography, Daly said he encourages them to break the process down. He said a lot of detailed work goes into taking a high quality photograph. To illustrate, as of press deadline, students enrolled in darkroom photography have made only two prints of pictures they have taken in ten weeks of school.

One quality a person must have in photography is creativity. “You need to be creative to make creative photography,” Daly said. He said a noticeable difference can be seen between the quality of pictures of a student who puts his creativity into the assignment and a student who lacks the creativity.

“You have to take (photographs of)something you actually care about,” Daly said. He displays this quote to students: “If you are not a curious person, you certainly are not going to a good photographer.”

He said students who are creative and explore their surroundings will take quality photography.

Daly also quoted Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt: “How do you take more interesting pictures? Become a more interesting person.”

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