Jonathan Chen’s Photo Gallery

Over the past couple of years, I've taken a great number of photos of a great variety of things. Despite the vast amount of photos I took(sometimes taking tens of photos of the same thing from the same angle and with the same lighting for no reason other than paranoia that I would accidentally delete some photos), it was always a casual practice of capturing something, and the photos were almost never close to anything that could possibly be considered visually appealing. However, with this unit, the fact that photography is an art has been pounded into my mind. I've known it was true for a long time, yet I never knew how true it was. The level of sophistication is just as high as any other art, and it can be just as visually appealing as any artwork. My one takeaway from this unit would be that photography is, at its core, the same as any other art, but with the world around the photographer quite literally as the canvas. I would compare it to sculpting clay; an observant photographer will find optimal and suitable clay in the scenes in the world around him/her, but its up to the photographer to sculpt that into art.

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