Comments on: Looking Back, Looking Forward http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/03/23/looking-back-looking-forward/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Helen Stevens http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/03/23/looking-back-looking-forward/comment-page-1/#comment-337846 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 10:11:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=12757#comment-337846 “Some days you, as photographers, don’t feel appreciated enough. Well, remember you are documenting history every day through every frame.”This is something important to remember. And something I needed to be reminded of this week, when I’d been feeling a little unappreciated as a photographer – comments on my photo Blog had decreased to the point where I was questioning why I posted photos for so little feedback. Why not just keep them on my harddrive for my own viewing?You’ve managed to remind me why we bother to document the world around us, even with seemingly unremarkable, every day scenes.I’ve been lucky enough to live opposite the Stratford Olympic site for the last 6 months and have built up a collection of images of the stadium being built, often with beautiful sunsets in the background. When the stadium is finished and London welcomes the world for the Olympics in 2012, I’ll be able to look back and see my record of the 6 months in which I saw its creation. I wish I could document the whole building process, but I’m moving to a different part of London now.In effect, we’re chroniclers of history, when we consider the bigger picture. If people hadn’t taken photos of (at the time) “unremarkable” things, we’d never have photographs showing factory life in the 1900s, or trench photographs during WW1 and WW2. Images which at the time, were probably laughed at by those in the pictures. Yet now, are considered iconic. In 50 years time, will I look at my 6 month record of the Olympic stadium, and marvel at our building designs, compared to architecture in 2060?So thank you for the reminder of why I continue to not only photograph the world around me, but to share it with friends and strangers online.For the record, I think looking through the thousands of Reuters photos every day and compiling them into books would be among the best jobs going!

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By: Vancouver photographer http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/03/23/looking-back-looking-forward/comment-page-1/#comment-337790 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:59:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=12757#comment-337790 I agree with your statement that “the important factor is that the sum of this collection is a stunning testimony of our times”. With so many good photographers now capturing all aspects of public life, we are accumulating an amazing pictorial record of our times. In the past, it was a handful of photos that characterized a span of time, now it’s hundreds of images, that when brought together, comprise a pictorial journal that will express to future generations the nature of our times.

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