Posted on June 6th, 2014
Recently when few of the prominent Instagrammers were asked the same question, below were few of the responses:
“A good photo is a visual sentiment which has the ability to touch the mind of others.”
“Images that restore our own memories, cultural references and the sense of being human – those are the ones which moves us.”
“For me, a good photo is one that speaks to me, that tell me a story …”
“What makes a good photo to me is the ability of a picture to capture an emotion, mood or thought which speaks beyond the image itself and communicates the human condition – its speaks not of a lonely man but of loneliness.”
So, nobody talked about technical aspects of photography. The fact that a photo provoked emotions, feelings, mood or imagination was a winner hands down and I completely agree with this viewpoint. After all, a great picture should not only state facts but also go beyond that. In terms of food photography, according to me, a great photo is the one which not just evokes your taste buds but also tells a story. If a photo manages to transport me in a little dream, then I know that I love that image. Conveying an emotion, feeling or mood is what excites me.
The photos in this post were taken at a nearby cafe. I go there often to relax, read and have a small bite. The afternoons there are quiet, not so busy. Sitting at the communal table with my book is what I do most. Time seems to just slow down. Light music in the background, faint sound of the coffee machine, a relaxed rustic setting, smell of freshly baked bread and ground coffee transports me to my little Parisian dream. A feeling which I wanted to document through photos. Though I am a complete beginner at this, I am excited about it and that is the way I want to go.
Having said that, I agree that we all have different sensitivities and we all have a different story. There is no certitude about what a good photo is.