Steven Rosen: What is Photography?


Photography has a reputation for reflecting reality, but… it has very little to do with reality. As a photographer, I get to create my own reality. There is no such thing as an objective photo. As soon as I take a picture, I am being inherently subjective.

I literally get to crop out the parts I don't like. I choose which moments to freeze in time. I use shadow and light, composition and color, and tools both technical and artistic, to create what I see in my mind's eye. The resulting images may not accurately reflect an objective reality, but they are more authentic because of my choices.

Steven Rosen, portrait and wedding photographer

Photograph by © Cory Rice

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