quote:====This is all too glib; you are describing theory here, not reality.
The painter, like the photographer, does not record any such thing as his/her emotional interaction with the world around him or her: he tries to do that, always with limited success...====End quote (Rob C)
Hi Rob, how are things? Mmm...my immediate subjective reaction was: Whaaaaat !! Oky doky Now for the objectivity. Firstly, my comment above was based upon fact. Allow me a moment here, Picasso (darn it, it was not Picasso - I really can not remember his name, he is so well known) Anyway one tiny example was the 17th century Dutch painter Johannes van Vermeer of Delft who painted his scenes/objects and imbued them very heavily with his emotional responses to his culture and experiences of life, they painted their feelings as well as the reflection of what was in front of them. That is simply so and I am sure there are more painters that imbued their creations with emotional responses to the world around them, some painters did not.
I am so lost on names and examples, but my personal documentary work, was in part, inspired by a few of the old school photographers who imbued their image making with their own unique take on the world - this 'take' isnone other than either a disgust, or a pleasure, or a protest, or a hurt and thus qualifies as an emotional respones which finds expression in the way they compose and both choose their subjects/objects.
I understand what you mean by Studio photography, but with one slight problem, because studio photography is thoroughly at odds with the instinctive gut reaction to a specific moment in time it can lack the authenticity of an emotional response to a given situation. rather studio photography is planned and timed to the finest of all details. Many of the Northern Ireland documentary photographers in the 70 and 80's created works that needed "reading" simply put: They were emotional responses creating emotional images - and that without people, blood or burned buildings. I could go on but Iam not trying to say that you are wrong, simply that My Statement Is true - but not for all photography of course.