More Than Words
There are numerous things to analyze about a photo and things to ask yourself. How does this image make me feel? What place does this picture take me to? What is is trying to say? Then of course, there’s the saying “A picture says a thousand words”, but an image can also provide nostalgia or emotions. Art is such a subjective thing, so what does make a photo great? Where is photography going?
A great piece of photography brings out emotion and makes you retrospective about life, it can challenge the way you think. It’s the most simple pieces of work that can sometimes have the biggest impact on you. This year let’s reflect back upon the trends that photography has seen, which Format Magazine predicted.
Minimalist Fashion Photography: In this trend, there is more diversity and realism in this type of imagery. It’s about that raw, simplistic image that is untouched and has a pure element resting upon it. When it comes to minimalism imagery, It’s calming and illustrates that an image doesn’t have to be complicated to exude beauty.
Plants: There is an increasing trend of plants showing up and in interior design as well, so maybe add a cute cactus in the corner.
Chairs: This singular piece of furniture has been more frequent in work. This might not be at trend that will continue. This trend may fade off in favor of wide environment shots.
35mm Film: Film photography is an example as to how the past is never really gone. It may be annoying or more expensive, but it displays a feeling that only that type of film provides. The retro vibe has been making a comeback for the past several years and doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon.
Suburban America: Good ol’ America is pretty trendy at the moment. There’s a nostalgic element to it like the summer feeling on fourth of July night. The Suburban America reflects the American dream in various capacities, but the meaning of that is gradually changing.
Girl Gaze: This trend is all about femininity and how that definition is subjective to women. It also holds a retro and nostalgic element in it as well. The idea that men are just there for men to gaze at is long dead and women are supporting each other now more than ever and prove no one can define you, but you. This is one trend that is here to stay.
Collages and Diptychs: a growing trend and manner to share multiple memories at once. A lot of digital platforms are accommodating this trend and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Trends might come and go, but what will never go out of style is an impactful, thought-provoking image that resonates with people.