Photography: A Growing Art

Brashier student taking pictures in downtown Greenville.

Michael Collins

Brashier student taking pictures in downtown Greenville.

It’s a different type of art. It doesn’t require a paintbrush and canvas, no glue is needed, and there is no needle and thread. All you need is an idea, a vision, a passion. Photography is excelling quickly in today’s modern age. You can’t walk down the street without seeing somebody holding a camera looking for the “perfect shot.”

Junior Jake Torres says, “Photography is an art, it’s self-expression through something you like to do or make.”

According to the Digital Photography School online, there are many different styles of photography. Sports photography, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and media are all examples of growing photography styles today. Photography generates emotion. Whether you’re the one taking the picture, or looking at somebody else’s, you can’t help but feel the emotion. Every picture tells a story. The emotion is different for everyone. What the photographer feels when taking a picture isn’t always what the person feels when they look at it.  ( )

Torres says, “I think people like to express themselves through photography. And they like experimenting with different stuff and seeing what they can do.”

According to Tad Beckman of Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA, photography is something that you can’t grow out of. No matter how young or old you are, you’re never too old or too young. It’s also something that you can never know enough about. Photography is ever-changing and evolving. No matter how experienced of a photographer you are, you can never know all there is to know.  There is always room for improvement so it’s never dull or boring.

Senior Sydney Logan says, “I got my first camera when I was about 7 and I haven’t really been able to put it down since.”

When people think of photography, they think of really expensive cameras with really big lenses. A lot of times, that’s not the case at all. Some of the best pictures can be taken on as simple of a device as your camera phone. Advancements in technology have made it easy for anyone to get their hands on a good camera for a relatively low price.

Logan says, “I think photography is growing because cameras are becoming more affordable and they’re better grade cameras than they used to be so everybody can do what they want with them.”