Photography – Art & Science
Photography for me is a passion, a mixture of science and art that creates magic. If a day goes by without photography, it’s incomplete ― Scott MacQuarrie
The word “photography” which is derived from the Greek words for “light” and “writing”, was first used by Sir John Herschel in 1839, the year the invention of the photographic process was made public. Photography is both an art and science, art because like a writer it is a visual expression of thought and experience and is a science because it depends on the physics of light and focus of lens.
The treatment of “digital photography” is a paradox, as its plays in the realm of the art and the science. It takes the artist’s eye to discover the art through the skilful employment of the scientific tools.
Capturing Motion & Emotion:
Photography demonstrated that it could capture permanent images more precisely than an artist’s hands. As the early scientists discovered this image making process, photographer began to experiment with the abilities of the camera to capture a precise moment. In the initial motion images showed strider and horse-drawn wagon frozen in curious postures. The mechanics of the camera further evolved to capture what the naked eye could not see and seize.
Looking Inside & Outside:
Scientists & Artists both explored and expanded their horizon to better understand the world around. It was only after the invention; photography became an instrument to nourish a desire for increased scientific exploration. The process of photography captured new dimensions of visual information and enabled the humanity to be intimately dissected and get depicted.
The Lasting First Images:
The first images exemplified the process ability to create an accurate presentation of the subject in the image. Irrespective of its nature as a representation of reality, it got appreciated for the intrinsic beauty; these images symbolized the inherent relationship of art and science working together to pioneer a new visual form.
Photograph the Witness:
During the nineteenth century photographers used the camera to create a visual witness of the world, documented mass images of people and generated exciting images of places. With the passage of time photographers started to capture significant historical events like wars, revolution and everyday life with the lens. The early twentieth century brought the first documentary photographers which uncovered the social and economic disparities in the society, with the prime objective of ushering a critical change in the social disorder and economic inequalities through the power of pictures.
Note: With art the photographer breaks the barrier and boundary of visual representation and with science it makes it possible and presentable.