Should we name our photographs?

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by juan, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. ced

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    I 2nd that! Let chaos reign and frankly who cares.
     
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    That is exactly what the majority of "camera clubs" are.
     
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    I usually enjoy choosing a title, and sometimes like choosing one that some people will smile at. Words and photographs can work well together, so why not take advantage of that when it seems appropriate.
    Speaking pragmatically, being able to easily identify a particular image is valuable. It can be very frustrating to try to discuss a set of photographs when the individual images are not identified distinctly.
    (As for camera/photo clubs, it can be deliciously fun to join in while not caring about the competitions themselves. Provoking creativity at the expense of "scores" is always a worthy endeavour.)
    Somehow I think the title of the image below - "Looped" - aids in appreciating it:
    looped-stitched-01d.jpg
     
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    +1.
    Photography is a visual art.
    Referring to the above, names can be needed:
    • for reference; for that purpose a format like <Series_title>_<#_in_series> serves the purpose
    • for contextual information; best left to a brochure
    • thirdly, and that is where the problem lies, IMO: to describe what is on the picture, or to describe the feelings of the author because the picture by itself cannot do it (isn't that already a failure?)
    The third type of naming reminds me painfully of the vacation slide projections (and here, you see...) or of those conference speakers who read aloud the bullet points of their PP (of course, one can read with the eyes 2x faster, and his/her speech is just an annoyance). Or watching a movie with the sound track for blind people (sorry, vision-challenged, but under any name their life is just as challenging).
     
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    What should we call the Mona Lisa?
     
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    couldn't agree more
    who cares if someone does or does not name something
     
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    La Joconde, if in France.
     
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    good point. They are not named when shown in a gallery or book though.
     
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    some of the people posting here.
     
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    I can't remember if GW and HCB named thier photos. But how did they sold them? If it is portrait, it is easy. But if it is street photography and many prints? Catalog number?
     
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    no kidding,
    they have some nerve :wink:
     
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