What is a photograph?

The mobile application, Instagram, woke me up to photography. I feel the need to see light in different, novel arrangements and colors and to capture these.

What is a photograph?


So far my efforts have been mimetic. I see something pleasing and wonder how can I reproduce the same thing. The fog photo you see above is done in a style of a local photographer who does nothing but fog.

But an imitation is far from authentic; it is a play acting.

For a photograph to be authentic work of art it cannot be a substitution for a thing. Most momentos are like this. It cannot be mere representation. Yet what is placed on the film or CCD is mere representation. How is it more in the hands of an artist?

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