I’ve been a fan of Karthik Narain’s photography for quite some time. I’ve always admired his work, but I’ve always had a question for him about what makes a great photo. I was curious to know what he thought about a question I asked him.
Karthiks is one of those photographers who is a bit of an idealist. He sees beauty where others see only flaws. He sees the world as a place where there is a choice to make. His approach to photography is one of the most interesting examples of this. He doesn’t believe in perfection, that any image is perfect. He doesn’t see himself as a photographer who is trying to capture the perfect image.
It’s just as true for the person who is looking at a landscape versus the person who is photographing a person. If a photographer is trying to capture a perfect image, then that photographer is going to see something that is not really there. If a photographer is trying to capture a perfect photograph, then the person who is viewing the image is in the wrong frame of reference.
The photographer who is trying to capture a perfect photograph is going to see things that are not actually there. The photographer who is looking at the landscape is going to see objects that really arent there. And the person who is looking at the person is going to see things that are really there. The photographer is in the wrong frame of reference, and the person is in the right frame of reference, because they are looking at the same thing.
The first photograph is the same as the second, but the person is in the right frame of reference, because they are looking at the same things. The photographer is in the wrong frame of reference, and the person is in the right frame of reference, because they are looking at the same things.
It’s easy to ignore the difference between what you see in the first photograph and what you see in the second photograph. You can almost ignore the person’s accent, because that’s not important. You can also ignore the fact that you are probably looking at the same things in both photographs. It’s only when you focus in on the things that can help the photographer to see the things that can help the next person looking to see the same things, that you know that the things are really there.
Here’s the thing, the camera is always pointing at the subject, but the photographer is focusing on the subject. With the camera still in focus, the photographer will be able to see the person they are trying to photograph, but the photographer is focusing on the person. In essence, you are looking at a photograph.
The same principle can be applied to your pictures by looking closely. It’s like seeing a photo of the sky. The sky is in focus, but the photographer is focusing on the exact place the sky is in focus. In essence, you are looking at a photograph.
And it works for pictures! In fact, the same principle applies to anything you choose to photograph. You can choose to look at the sky, the people, the surroundings, the stars, etc. and take a photo of it. The same principle applies to you looking at your picture, whether it be a picture of your desk or something you choose to photograph.
One of the reasons we are in this business is because we can’t take pictures of ourselves. The problem is, we all tend to like ourselves too much. We don’t want to look at ourselves as we really are so we avoid looking at ourselves. And so we don’t notice what we don’t like about ourselves. In other words, we don’t notice that we have a big nose, or that we are fat, or that we are short.