Some photographs are more equal than others.
Even two images that apparently look equally beautiful to the eye on the surface, might have a different emotional impact – for both the photographer and the viewer – for a number of reasons.
And an image that initially seems forgettable to most of us, might hold great resonance for someone else.
I’ve been thinking about the most important photograph of the year for me.
Whilst there have been many in black and white I’ve been very happy with, made with a handful of different cameras, the one that seems to be most significant so far is the one below.
It’s a very ordinary, perhaps throwaway photograph, the type that looks like it was probably only made to test whether a camera was working.
Which is exactly what it was!
But the camera I was testing was a Pentax K100D that I picked up for £26, and represented something of a homecoming to the kind of colour photography look I was greatly enjoying with similar Pentax DLSRs over two years previously.
This photograph – the first I made with it, and just in our back garden – showed me enough promise in its natural colour, the realistic sharpness of the flower (ie, it doesn’t look like a CGI flower created for a video game), and the quality of the bokeh in the background, to remind me how close I’d been to colour photography nirvana with my CCD sensor Pentax’s before.
Since, I’ve taken a hundred or more photos with the K100D that I greatly prefer.
But it was this one that gave me that first glimpse of colour photography straight out of camera I would love, picture after picture, without even a suggestion of a LightRoom preset or a Snapseed tweak in sight.
And, after a couple of years of shooting b/w almost exclusively, that makes it the most important photograph of the year.
How about you? Which has been your most important photograph of the year so far?
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