Doctors' Building, as seen from Piatt Park
My next architectural project is a late gothic revival building on Garfield Place in Cincinnati. This building was specifically designed as a medical office building in the 1920's. It is a brick building with a terracotta facade. The towering structure in the middle holds a small penthouse.
Once again, my hope is to spend some time getting to know the building as a whole, and down to some of the smaller details. I then want to be able to select 5 or 6 images that will capture the essence of the building. These images will be printed, matted, and given away at the end of the project, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement. Once the images are ready, I will give one of the images to the first person to request one.
Here are some images from the project so far.
I have been giving some thought to the purpose of my photography, and how it has impacted my practice. Here are some reasons I have for engaging in photography.
Beauty: Sometimes, I think that I will just shoot as a hobby, without purpose - just finding pretty things and capturing them. Sharing them with the world. But where is the point to that? There are already billions of pretty photos out there. Who will see anything unique in that?
Professional Status: Sometimes, I think I'd like to shoot professionally. I would love money to help me add to my gear. I would love the validation that comes with an income. I would love the knowledge that my talents were valued by someone. But I don't really want the business tasks that come with it. I also don't want to be beholden to other people for the content and style of what I shoot.
Journalistic Photography: I've also considered editorial or journalistic photography. I could record stories and present them to the world, to inspire others to move. However, I don't believe that the world is moved by most photography any more. We see so many images every day, we become immune to their power. An image may move us for a moment, but we forget as soon as we see the next image. It seems that we can only bear so much emotional content at a time, too.
Visual Diary: Sometimes, I see my photography as a visual diary of sorts - a way to record what I see so that I won't forget. This is a valid outlet in some ways. I could use some help remembering what I see. I have also found that I see more when I'm thinking photographically. I would like it to be more than that, though. I would like to share what I see.
So you see, I had already given some thought to why I shoot photos, but nothing quite seemed to grab me--apart from the compulsion to shoot and share. I wanted something that would motivate me to continue my projects without feeling like it was pointless.
Do you have any thoughts on these four drivers of photography? Do you have any to add?
My next post on this series will focus on what I actually enjoy about photography.