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Dave Collerton



To many, photography simply captures an event, be that a selfie, a family gathering, sports or similar activity. Here, the camera is used to capture a true representation of that moment in time. Some photographers like to take photos that make our world look like a fantasy, or another world, one which we wouldn't necessarily recognise from our every day life. These ultra colourful images abound on FaceBook, we see them everyday. And then there are photographers which capture the social events that surround us, people, places, moments. These images can be engaging, frightning, emotive and even bland. They seek recognition purely through their content, they ask questions, seek answers and engage us on a level beyond the majority of images that pervade our everyday lives. You can see such images as these in archives such as Magnum Photos (https://www.magnumphotos.com/) and in our own Royal Photographic Society archives (http://www.rps.org/). The point is that a photograph is whatever you, the viewer want it to be. It can be the best photo you've ever seen, or the worst. It can ask questions, or say nothing. It can be beautiful, ugly, plain or extravagant, colourful, dark, moody or expressive, content rich or evasive. It really doesn't matter because what you like is probably going to be different to what I like or find interesting.

The original title of this blog was "Photography as an art form" but this overly arty name has been changed to Reflections as this better explains this post.

The header photo here is a photograph of Shirley Towers in Torquay reflected in the water of the inner harbour. I chose pastel colours when post-processing this image purely to make it more like a watercolour than a photograph as this reflected, excuse the pun, what I wanted to achieve from the photo. To me a striking image of a what many consider is an eyesore and perhaps one of the first times someone has attempted a sympathetic handling of these 1960's tower blocks. 

Perhaps a more attractive view depending on your perspective, in the next photo again I have tried to capture the scene but as a reflection rather than the image itself. To me this results in a dream-like photograph full of colour that is easily recognisable yet uneasily different.



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