11.23.2006

what you see is not always what you get

a photographer’s point of view never fails because he sees all angles and evaluates which is the most rational. like a child in a toy store, he slowly walks around, and when he finds something he likes, he stops and stares at his subject curiously and carefully. again, he walks another round and makes sure he doesn’t miss a spot. from evaluating, he creates a masterpiece—a perception, a paradigm, a point of view. but even though he has his own paradigm, he knows what’s beyond the wall. he knows what’s beyond that picture—the things he hid from his audience, and the things he exaggerated.

i want to see the beautiful side of things, embellish, share, and spread these beauties to others. that’s why I want to be a photographer, someone who would see life in a different but somehow positive manner. but i couldn’t help notice the imperfections that the world lays in front of me. it reminds me of a line jude law said in one of his movies, alfie, “…the school took us on this cultural trip to observe art of one of those big famous london museums. anyway, when i came across this statue of a greek goddess in marble, aphrodite. beautiful, she was. perfect female form. chiseled features. exquisite. i stood at awe of her. finally, the teacher calls us all over, and i’m walking past it, and on my way i noticed, in the side of this greek goddess, all this cracks, chips, imperfections. it ruined her for me.”

this is the advantage of being a photographer—he doesn’t settle for what the world presents to him; he tries to see the other side. and when he finally sees it, whether good or bad, he gets the chance of choosing what to shoot. yes, he still creates his own perspective, but he considers other angles because he has seen every angle. and being the photographer that he is, he either enhances the beautiful side, or enhances the cracks, chips, and imperfections of his subjects. whatever he chooses, it’s not biased. with that, he has beaten close-mindedness, and the limitations it creates.