I’ve taken lots of photos of lots of things and I’m always looking for some sort of emotional response when I see a photo or when I show someone a photo I’ve taken. I have realised that pretty much all photos fall into one of four types, categorised by the content and the emotional response they produce.
Scenic shots aim to be contemplative and artistic in the traditional, figurative sense. Photos that fit this category are landscapes and waterfalls, as well as close ups of flowers.
Action shots aim to astonish and amaze. Sports and moving wildlife shots are the main examples but gritty photojournalism that brings the harsh reality of the wider world into your living room also fit here.
For me this is the most obscure category and is reminiscent of more modern art. Abstracts are not photos taken for the overall sake of a subject, rather some aspect of the subject that has artistic impact. A shot of a metal staircase with flaking paint becomes a study in lines and texture; a shot of a set of snooker balls becomes a study in colour.
This is arguably the most common type of shot that most people use a camera for; capturing our lives and the lives of our loved ones, the people we meet and the places we’ve been to. Memory photos have the strongest hold over our emotions and for me are the most important type of shot. The main aim of my photography has always been to document the lives of the people closest to me, so that their lives are recorded for posterity. I have always wanted to be able to walk into my friends’ houses and see my photos on the wall and quite a lot of the time I can do just that.
Much as I like taking photos of people I always find it hard to find people who want their photos taken, although I do keep trying! However, I also want this blog to inspire me to try harder at all the types of photo I’ve mentioned as they all have something to offer both creatively and photographically.