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NYThroughTheLens: Expression or Technical Prowess

Viviennce Gucwa


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When I first started delving into photography, one of the earliest conundrums I remember reading about involved the debate between technical perfection and artistic license. It always struck me as an odd topic, particularly since I have always approached my photography as a means to express emotion and mood rather than a way to highlight technical prowess.

It's difficult to say that there is one right way to approach art since all art is subjective. It's important though to figure out what you are trying to express. Are you trying to express a series of emotions through a narrative? Are you trying to express individual moods for each photograph that you take? Are you trying to express a mastery of technical skill? Are you trying to achieve all of these different goals simultaneously?

I am constantly aware of my own learning process and evolution as a photographer. While I can be happy with some of the work I have presented, usually I am keenly aware that I am always learning and always striving to get my vision across in a way that resonates. While I have specifically chosen to work on my own style of emotion-driven photography, I am always curious about exploring other paths with my photography.

In the end, what matters most is that you are proud of the photography you present and that you realize that photography, like most other art forms, is an ongoing process of learning and growing.

Check out more of Vivienne's work at her blog, NYThroughTheLens.

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