Next, I will be observing a photograph from the Dockweiler’s personal family photo album. Viewing this album in LMU archives was a whole different experience. Where as the Getty had old photographs, they were still encased and protected by a frame or a glass display of some sort. At the archives, I was able to hold the photos in my own hands (with gloves of course!) and touch a masterpiece from years ago. While flipping through the book, I was witnessing what one would expect when looking at a family album. The photographs captured throughout the album allowed me to conclude what type of family they were. From my observations, they were clearly in the upper class in terms of wealth. They photographed their house, a boat, and an automobile to prove this. They also captured young adults in their graduation gowns, which suggested that they were all fairly educated. From flipping through the album, I gained some perspective on their lifestyle, and allowed me to choose one photo that I thought encompassed all these qual...
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... the photo was taken, I would imagine instructions from the photographer to the subject on where to stand while the photographer adjusted his distance and angles.
In conclusion, after looking at Charles H. Gay’s Panorama of New London, Connecticut, the Dockweiler’s personal family photo album, and a “wilderness_culture” Instagram photo, I can safely say that each of the photographs had its own version of presenting a subjective impression. Although Gay’s and “wilderness_culture” were mostly focused on nature and not a human subject, the photographer was still trying to tell his/her own story. Every photograph will be filtered through the imagination and creativity of the photographer. Whether it is to present a grand scenery or capture a candid moment, all these photographs are examples of collecting the world… Collecting the world in the eyes of the photographer.
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