Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Naming the image

True colours, Morzine, July 2006

Doug Stockdale has recently been posting (here and here) about various ways of naming some of his images in the ongoing Bad Trip - Sad Trip project.

It occurred to me that his very carefully studied manner of determining a suitable final title is very much in opposition to mine. I tend to work instinctively for titles. Unless it is a straight proper noun, the name I apply is usually a direct reflection of the initial attraction for me to take the picture in the first place.

Maybe this stems from my general aversion to project based photography. The titles then flow from the instinct that draws me to raise the camera to my eye in the first place. From a personal point of view, I feel that then gives me a closer connection to my photographs because they reflect the mood I was in at the time.

Then again, I might just be good at coming up with names.

1 comment:

  1. Doug Stockdale20 June 2007 at 07:26

    Martin,

    Usually my image naming is very random and like you, I usually use the first thing that comes to mind. (a fellow left brain thinker) But this was really bugging me on this series, so I opted to try something different. Maybe it's just part of the "project" way of thinking?

    Best regards, Doug

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