We grow from anguish @zoopreme

As this is the first piece i’m writing about, I thought i’d give you a little insight into how I’m going to approach this. I’m going to try and write around 300-500 per photograph. It may or may not have a structure, it’s mainly about taking the initial, second and later impressions of the piece and create a honest and constructive body of work formed around a single picture.

If we don’t take our work seriously, then how can we justify it?

The first photograph i’m going to write about is by @zoopreme. It’s captioned “we grow from anguish. One of my favourite shots I have ever taken … even in the toughest weather this swimmer pushed through”

Anguish. Time. Things take time. I have been looking at this photograph for more than a week now. The initial thoughts and lines of sight are all directed across the pier and guardrail that create a perspective that pulls the viewer into the centre of the image. Much of my initial thoughts were based on these structural factors. Only after really sitting down and taking the time to scan across the photograph I noticed the swimmer on the right. I had to pinch my eyes to be sure it was a swimmer and not a wave crashing on a rock or something similar. Finally, after reading the caption my clue was justified. I think the key subject to this image is clearly the swimmer. The swimmer creates a sense of drama, of action. A sense of action that is different to the drama created solely by structure alone. Would there be no swimmer, the image would be constructed around the perspective that draws the viewer into the abyss of the horizon. Into the never-ending, unknown confines of the ocean. The crashing waves and the cool tones highlight the likely cold temperature. Would the image be too plain without the swimmer? Why is the swimmer so important? The anguish, the struggle, the sense of determination that the swimmer highlights complements the seeming infinity and vastness of the ocean. This interplay enables a human element and therefore the photograph becomes more relatable. A photograph built solely on abstraction and structure is something a viewer might have more trouble identifying with on a human level. Being able to feel the structure, place yourself in the image both visually and emotionally enables a sensory three dimensional interaction that underlines this human element. Finally, through this one is able to enhance the image by creating specific scenarios that are based around the emotions of the viewer and questions can be asked. What is the swimmers determination? Where is he or she headed? What does this sense of motivation invoke in me?