As with sound, images are subjective. You and I may not see the same color red as red, but we will probably agree that the image on the screen is a digital image or film image, based on contrast, bit depth, and refresh rate.
“Red Metal Door – Georgetown, Penang” (2011, Nawfal Johnson Nur)
Some people may wonder why photographers create the photographs they do. Many people, I suspect, don’t care. There are some, a few, who are interested in your work: It is this group who will spend the time to look more deeply at your photographs and see why the photographer took the time to compose and photograph a subject. These interested few will realize the minor details in the photograph, that also, I assume, caught the eye of the photographer. Some of these details may be color, texture, design, shadow and light.
In the photograph of the red door, I was attracted by the vibrant red color when I first saw it. I then approached the door more closely to get my photograph. I wondered what the Chinese characters meant. I was also half curious what the pealed off, square sign was, that used to be there. I noticed several layers of paint underneath the red paint. I wondered how many layers there were, and how old this door was. So many interesting questions pop up in my mind when I see an interesting subject to photograph. I may never get all the answers to my questions about a subject; nonetheless, I always attempt to get a photograph of the subject.
Yes, images are subjective. I can’t please all the people all the time. However, if I can please myself through the work that I do, then what more can I ask. If I feel I have captured some subject that interests me, and I have done a good job with the composition, then the photograph is likely to capture the attention of a few other people who also see subjects similar to the way I see the subjects. If I find answers to some of my questions about a subject, then that is an added bonus.
I can’t be alone. The world is a big place, so live curious with a camera in hand at ‘all’ times, and create photographs that satisfy your adventurous spirit.