On classification issues
One of the head-scratchers I had to deal with when I decided to start publishing my work was categorizing it. Sure, portraits, which are the photos I most enjoy, and still life photographs are well defined and did not present any issues, but I also have an abundance of other photos, either taken in a moment’s inspiration or well thought out, that seemed harder to define. In the era of ever more detailed hashtags, I needed to simplify. So I decided to divide my remaining work into 2 major categories – Street photography and Nature. Both definitions are very broad, especially the Street photography one. Does a photo of a deflating hot-air balloon qualify as street photography?
For the purposes of a simpler organization of my portfolio, it does. It is a photo that was taken in a public space, at a public “event” so to speak, it was not staged, and even though there are no humans present, it is a human action that is captured in a single moment.
But what about a statue? As atemporal as the scene where the fixed gaze of a single statue is the focus, I like to consider it as a glimpse of street life, rather than still life.
Another photo that also had me puzzling about what category it belonged to best was the road S bend in the middle of an Arizona landscape. Does it qualify as Nature, being a landscape, even though the main focus is the man-made asphalt road? After much deliberation, I decided it was after all a better fit as a landscape. In the future, a city skyline may give me more of a challenge, but I’ll procrastinate on that one for now.