Monday, 2 April 2007
THE ART OF FINDING THE RIGHT CAPTION
The Art of finding the right caption.
Title and picture have a symbiotic relationship. A picture alone may fall flat: together, they thrive.
A good caption describes the unseen and draws the eye back to the image. The caption breathes life into the picture by providing context and adding depth. The picture draws attention to the caption, and the caption bridges image and text. The caption helps the reader build a story around the picture. Not every image needs a caption: some are simply decorative others are genuinely self-explanatory. I know that someone said (still a lot of followers!) that a good image should speak for itself, however not everybody is visually literate. Done tests for fun, but more about that later…
I do not like images going 'untitled', personally it's like that person is saying to me... 'don't care'... then why should I?
I hope this won't stir too much controversy!
This is only my personal view and what I have found out over the years is the importance of it. During exhibitions, people mostly hate 'untitled' (it's like the artist couldn't be bothered enough or genuinely didn't have anything to say), they like to know even more about the background, the why, they love anecdotes connected to the photo.
The moment I had this in the viewer, I knew the title: ‘Les passagers de la vie’
Why? Still no idea!
That is mostly how it happens for me, how does it work for you?
We are ALL 'passengers of life', we meander through life... get thrown together with people... on a train, a plain, a ferry, a bus, for a brief journey... never to meet again! It makes me think of a funnel!
Fascinating, it always fascinates me, yes...
I was hunting through town and spotted these two beautiful people passing on a bus, I was out with a film camera and a 'gritty' 400 asa film...
Have a wonderful day and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*)