This assignment should ignite one's own creativity and spirit; however, here are some considerations in making the choice between a camera and crayon(s):
A Camera ...
- captures a moment; moreover, when that moment is taken out of its context, perspective is often altered. For instance, when a group of people are photographed without the perspective of the setting in which they are at that moment, the photo can suggest that there is a much larger crowd than in reality. Such a photo can be exploited to the advantage of a political,social group, or person that wishes to aggrandize itself (oneself) or negate, cast aspersions upon others, or even vilify individuals.
- steals something from the person or living thing at that one point in life, violating privacy. People who are physically unusual resent photos taken of them as they feel that these will be used to exploit and ridicule them. Consider also how the Amish take no photographs and do not want any taken of them:
The Amish believe that photographs in which they can be recognized violate the Biblical commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thyself a graven image."
- fosters vanity and narcissism. ('selfies')
- records the image that elicits memories and enjoyment.
- records history
- can be instrumental to scientific advancement
- can be very instructive as a mechanism for visual presentations.
- can be used artistically, capturing moments of beauty in nature. Ansel Adams, for example, photographed the national parks. His use of his camera was for environmental purposes, and his techniques were nothing short of artistic:
In the case of Ansel Adams his technique evolved into the art of being able to reproduce on a piece of silver coated paper the scene he imagined in his mind's eye with such stunning clarity it causes the viewer to stop and contemplate his commonplace subjects.
- give color to objects, creating moods, and emotional reactions
- can alter the perspective of a real object or scene for artistic purposes (e,g, Picasso's "blue period"), or political designs
- are expressive of an individual's perspective
- are communication tools as expression of the artist