I love taking pictures, but I don’t think I would classify myself as a “photographer.” I take a lot of pictures for Instagram…whether it be pictures of myself with friends, my dog, or an experience I am having. I love taking and having pictures because it reminds me of that day, event, moment, etc. I always print pictures out and I have a ton of pictures around my room.
Whenever I take pictures, I never really think about how or why I am taking a picture. I don’t try to portray any type of meaning, but that might be because I have never really tried taking pictures for artistic purposes. I really liked the articles because it talked about using photography as a “narrative,” or a story. I chose to tell a story using pictures and maps in one of my assignments last week: 30,000 miles in 3 weeks. It was really fun telling the story and adding pictures so people could follow along and understand my story better.
After reviewing the articles, I think something that will help me with my photography skills are being intentional with the pictures I am taking. I need to slow down and take in my surroundings before just snapping a picture really quickly. I think that taking notice of the background and slowing down would really be beneficial for my photography.