The language of photography

Schindler's list
Schindler’s List. One of my own images from my Holocaust project. This was taken in Oscar Schindler’s factory.

 

Definition of expression ; –

“The conveying of feeling in a work of art” 

taken from ; – Oxford Dictionary (2018) Definition of expression in English:, Available at:  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/expression (Accessed: 20/01/2018).

 

Definition of communication ; –

“The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.”

taken from ; -Oxford Dictionary (2018) Definition of communication in English:, Available at:  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/communication (Accessed: 20/01/2018).

The word communicate originates from French, Old English and Latin (communicate) and means to share.

Is it possible for a photograph not to communicate or to acts a means of expression?

For me to answer this question I wanted to know what the definition if information is and this is what I have found out – “What is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.” taken from ; – Oxford Dictionary (2018) Definition of information in English:, Available at: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/information (Accessed: 20/01/2018).

As a photograph conveys an arrangement of something, whatever that may be, a photograph in its’ base level must act as a means of communication or as a means of expression, even this image was created accidentally as the frame holds the arrangement. However for this to communicate successfully there has to be something that stirs some form of interest.

I asked my daughter, who is 18, this question and her answer was “No, some photos do not speak to me at all even if I understand what they are of”.

Even complete abstraction is conveying an expression of feeling, perhaps more so than an architectural photograph.

The question is somewhat of a misnomer and is a good lead in to thinking about how to be  a successful photographic communicator.

For, me all photographs must communicate or act as a means of expression by the nature of their creation.

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