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I've had this dilemma for a while. If I post photos on my blog or, very rarely, facebook/twitter, I don't have to name them. But here on dA, it's obligatory. I know it's for a reason, and to categorize and archive and organize thousands of images properly, but I think it can also take away from (or enhance/contribute to) a photo. So the question I am asking myself (and anyone that cares to read these lines) is: does naming the photographs help or degrade the viewing experience in any way? Can naming a photograph help to keep the viewer searching for a detail that is not evident in the work at first glance, but is crucial to the overall understanding of it? Or can the photo's title distract, annoy, or even condescend to the viewer? Namely, can explaining the goings on in the photo "reveal" the photo too quickly, making it uninteresting to view, or, even create a conflict with the viewer's interpretation or expectations?

So, can naming a photograph make the photo itself better, or perhaps worse? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this.

Good light!
Thomas
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Thomas
Artist | Professional | Photography
Slovenia
I'm a photographer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. I love to do portrait, reportage and wedding photography, as well as classic street photography. For street and black and white portraits and nudes I develop my own film and prints in the darkroom, so if you live nearby (or don't) and are interested in that field, drop me a note or an e-mail. Models always highly welcome! :D

Current Residence: Slovenia
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:iconnunofigueira:
NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Thank you for the fav Thomas :)
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Thanks for the fave!
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eric-taylor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hello I hope you don't mind that I have taken the time to critique some of the work from your gallery. You have a good eye.

Hope I haven't been too hard on you ;)

Cheers :beer:
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tzaj Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for all your comments, very much appreciated, moreso because they're honest! I hope I'll find the time to delve deeper into your gallery, as far as I've seen it, it looks interesting! :)
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Mbitions-Markus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
great captures and point of views - the black and white sure brings out the emotions even more. Very nice and casual portraits. Looking forward to see more !!

Markus
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tzaj Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you, I hope not to disappoint in the future. Now if I can just find the time to develop my last film... :)
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Mbitions-Markus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
don't worry ...you will never lose your own style of capturing your surrounding .... develop the last film ey!? I hear you, I recently inherited several older 35mm cameras and I am trying them out to see if they are still functional. It's quite exciting to take pictures and not knowing how they will turn out right away. Need to find time myself to go into a dark room see what develops ;)

Have fun!
Markus
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JCWeber Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
very nice portfolio! keep it up friend
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tzaj Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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eddy-avila-r Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome your work! friend I hope you like my paintings! greetings!
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