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What’s A Photograph?

Somewhere near the beginning of most, if not all, of my photography classes I ask the participants a question. “What’s a photograph”.

Some of the answers I get, and I’m paraphrasing here, are; “A moment caught in time”, “a memory”, “the capturing of a subject”, et cetera.

While a photograph can be thought of as a “moment in time” or evoke “a memory” or “the capturing of a subject” those are what photographs can function as. (I would suggest to those who would state that a photograph involves “capturing a subject” to rethink the use of the word “capturing”.).

What a photograph is, is a recording of light. That’s it. Nothing more.

What a photograph means to us is one thing, but it aint’ what a photograph is.

A photograph is simply a recording of light.

Study And Practice Photography With Sam

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