Caption Philosophy

I get comments on my captions so here’s an explanation…

I have a friend who is a great photographer and has a encyclopedia of music in his head. He used to have a photoblog where the titles were usually quotes from songs. Usually the connection to the picture wasn’t obvious to me and I loved it. It was like getting a little side of poetry with your pic.

As I got more and more into photography I noticed that most people title their pics by adding a basic description, a clever pun or nothing at all. I missed my side of poetry. As I got more and more into posting pics I realized that none of these options were for me.

So at some point I decided I would do my best to take the side of poetry approach. So now I write down everything I hear that strikes me as cool for whatever reason (and is pic title size – don’t get me started on my cropping words philosophy). Then when titling a pic I look at that list and pick one. I usually try to keep any obvious connection to the content of the pic to a minimum.

The original source could be anything. Stuff I come up with, stuff my daughter comes up with, music, movies, tv, radio and books (including my daughter’s books), science, gaming, programing… whatever. I can be lazy about crediting the original sources so below is a recent list of influences to check out if you’re interested.

Heather O’Neill
This American Life
The Ongoing Moment – Geoff Dyer

I realize this may be a bit ridiculous, hacky and lame  (both the captions themselves and then writing about them) but for me it’s better than the other options and once I got started I couldn’t stop.


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