Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Ultimate Snapshot.


This is probably the ultimate in snapshots. To just about everybody else it is a bit of poorly exposed rubbish, but to me it is a picture of my old dog Chloe seeing off a cat. I can see her through the kitchen window standing tall on her hind legs and barking like a lunatic.
This is one of the oldest photographs taken by me that I have. It was taken in the late 1970's on my brothers Polaroid Land Camera. Below is a picture of Chloe when we were both a little more composed.




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