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Both Sides of the Equation

Ordinary images out of extraordinary subjects or extraordinary images out of ordinary subjects? As Rafael Rojas explains, neither is better or worse, but the implication for the photographer is not the same at all

Photography is a tool that, like many other tools, can be used with different goals in mind. Recording what we see and experience is one of them. Documentary photography can be used to capture a moment, a place, an event or a fleeting memory forever. In these cases, the photographer looks for the correct application of composition and technique so that the result captures as closely as possible the ‘essence’ of a place, the truth of a situation or the character of a person. These are photo-graphs where the photographer is present, but behind a ‘curtain’. Their personality might permeate, but only in a limited way. The subject, the place and the action taking place in front of the camera occupies the...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 54 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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