• josutherstphotography

Informing Contexts – The Peculiar Nature of Photography

The understanding of any photograph is linked to the culture of the viewer and their ability to understand and interpret the image. The ability to interpret the image is based on the cognition, previous experiences and cultural background of the viewer. The meaning of any photograph is subjective, and based on an individual’s interpretation.


The ‘peculiar’ nature of photography allows me to make the choice to produce work that is a representation of the scene I see in front of me, or I am able to stage the scene and create a different representation.  However, even with a documentary type image, I am still free to choose the framing, viewpoint and lighting of the image.  My photograph will not be identical to the photographer next to me.  I am also able to choose to break the ‘rules’ of photography to produce work that is truly artistic. For me this is the beauty of photography.


#February2017

Recent Posts

See All

Informing Contexts – The Viewer

“Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.” – David Lynch REFERENCE Lynch, D. From BrainyQuote. (2017). Photography Quotes – BrainyQuote. [o

Informing Contexts – Next Steps

Having resolved this body of work, I am off in a slightly different direction as the next module begins. Picking up on comments made when I presented the naked portrait a few weeks ago, that I photogr

©2019 by Jo Sutherst Photography - Critical Research Journal. Proudly created with Wix.com