I photograph to see what something will look like photographed. Garry Winogrand
I have wondered on a number of occasions about the above quote by Garry Winogrand. It’s such an uncomplicated thought that it’s easy to gloss over it as if it isn’t really important. The act of shooting and viewing was two different things.
If we already know exactly what a photo will look like before we take it, would we take it anyway? There is an anticipation when taking a photo that there could be something special there. That could be seen as a form of magic in photography
There’s something ethereal and magical about the above photo by Winogrand. There’s an action going on outside of the frame that we are unable to see, while we are witnessing this woman viewing it. It’s as if we are in on a kind of secret.
A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. Diane Arbus
A secret is possibly another form of magic. Perhaps I should pause here and state that I am not referring to magic done by magicians or witches. Magic can also mean seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
There was a bigger sense of magic in the days of only film photography because we never knew what a photo would look like until it was developed and printed. Imagination and anticipation of photos taken have been lost in the world of digital photography.