This pic, titled "Ready for Company," was taken on the grounds of the retirement community where I live. It's another of my favorite sights around here, as I wait (and wait and wait) for our faithful and over-worked elevator. Yes, we have only one elevator for a busy community of well over 200 residents, plus staff, visitors, deliveries, movings in and out, etc. It's rather a miracle it keeps on keepin' on. LOL, like many of us living here.
A word (and probably more :-D) on titling pix. I just spent quite some time last night titling all those without one that were in my recent exhibit. One of the orders made that day was for a considerable number of those pix, with the request that I title all of them. It's not a bad idea practically speaking, as I will recall a title rather readily but never remember the number given a pic by my computer program. So a title makes locating a photo for printing a great deal easier.
However, I've also had discussions with a fellow resident about whether one should title a photo. If in doing so we aren't attempting to control the viewer's reactions, or to explain the photo. I've come across this latter in various artists I knew in New York City. As if to explain any art is to somehow demean it. Whether it's even possible to explain some art is another question. I find it challenging to say the least to explain metaphorical/imagistic poetry to most non-poetry folk.
Suffice it to say titles for pix were a definite "no-no" in my fellow resident's eyes. Well, my reaction to that suggestion was that we are attempting to "control" a viewer's responses from the moment we pick up our camera. From that second we start mentally framing a shot, we've made a choice about what to share. If we never showed anyone our pix, well, then this whole discussion would be moot. But we do share them and are aware we do even if we don't think about sharing when snapping pix. And we in turn are "controlled" (read: influenced) by others beforehand and after -- by their artistic values and their responses.
Then I made the point that my titles simply highlight something particular about the shot I would like noticed, or share a joke. That I do not believe I can determine a person's total response, even if I tried. No way. Especially as my pix, just like my poems, keep unfolding for me, too. In fact, I'm delighted when someone expresses a view on a pic I'd not noted. (I have this same feeling about my poetry.) And added that titles offer people a way into the picture and where they go then is up to them. None of these responses helped. I could tell I'd been titled "Controlling." LOL!
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