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Call a Fork a Fork

Most of my friends are artists, painters, and photographers who have solo exhibitions. Sometimes my artographer acquaintances will title their images with a super-long, melodramatic sequence of events (that should be written in volumes), such as:

Although the Winds Beckon Me to Run High Upon the Mountaintop Nevertheless I Will Walk Along this Broken Trail
(Yes, I just made that up.)

I say, call a fork a fork.

Natural window lighting/RAW/handheld/film grain/GIMP/Canon G3/study in lighting and shadows

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2 responses

  1. (i know this is an old post but I wanted to see how your blog started) – I am very much of the opinion that unless a photo/artwork etc is of an identifiable object/place/animal it is better to leave it untitled. A title often gives viewers a subconcious automatic feeling about a piece of art or photo that they might not have if it is left untitled.

    August 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • I see what you mean. I’m a big believer in manipulating an image by way of the title. Once, I saw a man’s photo of two children running toward the ocean with intertubes and beach toys- laughing gaily. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. And then I read the title: “Prelude to Disaster”. It was an “Aha!” moment that changed me dramatically as an artist. I couldn’t believe that one title could change my perception so strongly! And I was hooked. :0)

      August 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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