I had an interesting conversation a couple weeks ago with a neighbor, SaÃ¯d Nuseibeh, who is a professional art photographer. Although I have known SaÃ¯d is a professional photographer we’ve never talked at great length all that often and until recently, we never talked much about photography itself. While catching up, SaÃ¯d and I ended up talking about use of the term “shooting” or “photo shoot” and it struck a nerve.
This all started as we were discussing what we had been recently working on. At the time I had just wrapped up a trip to Yosemite. In casual conversation I mentioned I had just been out to shoot Yosemite and had a great photo shoot. SaÃ¯d, with his dry sense of humor, then asked me what I shot it with and started naming guns. Mind you SaÃ¯d has photographed a lot of subjects in the Middle East so perhaps he’s a little more sensitive to the term than most. As we talked about this more I started to give it more credence.
Ever since this conversation I’ve been consciously working to avoid using the term “shoot” when I describe photographing something. To my surprise I use variations of this term quite heavily both when talking and writing. “Photographing” a subject is far different than “shooting” it and I can understand where SaÃ¯d is coming from.
How about you? Do you “shoot” or do you “photograph”?
My challenge to you… if you use the term “shoot” try to avoid using it for a week in speech and writing. After a day or two you’ll catch on to how often you use it and after another day or two you’ll feel quite liberated in no longer using the term.
[tags]photography, philosophy, shoot, photograph, term, terminology[/tags]