Photographic Philosiphies 

Photography has developed incredibly over time. Not only in the advances of technology, but also the way people are using it to capture a moment. Photography is a way of capturing a moment. It can also be used as evidence in a bad or good way. The way in which someone photographs can show the personality of the photographer and also how they are feeling or thinking

In the culture we live in today, most people would use photography to prove that they have done something rather than just for a memory. Social media such as Instagram has had a major impact on this and has influenced us to talk more photos every day.

During a discussion, a topic came up about how many photos we take a day and if they have an importance to them.

Something that intrigues me, is those who spend the whole duration of an event, whether it be a concert, a festival or even a night out taking photos. For me, I do not like the idea of taking photos all the time because you’re not in the moment.

Berger says “we see the changes in peoples’ perceptions regarding the viewing of the world. New media has evoked a kind of visual culture that so furiously tries to compete to cement a kind of validation, commemoration and celebration of everything we do.” (Berger, J 2008)

In a text by Roland Barthes, from his book ‘Camera Lucida’, he discusses about two elements that are involved in photographs. These are ‘Punctum‘ and ‘Studium‘. He says ‘Thousands of photographs consist of this field and in these photographs I can, take a kind of general interest, on that is even stirred sometimes'(Barthes, R 1980, p.26).

Often we look at a photo and it strikes us with a type of emotion. The ‘Studium’ is an average reaction to a photo. The ‘Punctum’ is the second element that leaves the viewer ‘bruised’, therefore pushes our boundaries and leaves us to respond in a stronger way.



Barthes, R. (1980). Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Hill and Wang.

Berger, J. (2008) Ways Of Seeing. London. Penguin

Wells, L. (2009) Photography: a critical introduction. London .Routledge


Photographic Philosiphies – Migrant Mother, 1936

‘Migrant Mother’ 1936, is a very historic photograph taken during The Great Depression in America by Dorothea Lange.

I am very interested by this photo because the photo focuses on the mother, even though she is not looking directly at the camera. It makes you wonder what she is thinking and quite clear worrying about.

It’s clever how the chiller are also not looking towards the camera. They have the backs facing towards us and their body language shows how dependent they are on their mother, which could be the reason the worried look on the mother’s face.