How Does It Feel?

MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID ALAN HARVEY has been quoted as saying, “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like,” a plea to not only shoot from the heart but, it seems, to interpret the subject rather than capture merely a literal representation of it. That interpretation, if it’s going to have any kind of feeling, must include a consideration of the mood of the scene and our available choices for conveying that mood in the final photograph.

With few exceptions, the world has enough photographs that show us what something looks like. We’re drowning in them. Cameras are more present in our lives than ever before, which has led to a flood of pictures of things rather than pictures about things. Here is a building. ...

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