My inability to title a photograph is legendary. I have tried many schemes to create titles. I have written articles about my lack of artistic ability in titling a photograph.
But it still does not answer the question posed by the title of this post, “Does a title make or break the work?” I have seen exhibits where the photographs were very good and the addition of a title made the entire exhibit a little bit better because the title was the key in integrating the individual photographs into the whole concept of the exhibit. I think that’s important. If you are creating an exhibit, or a book or another collection of photographs, you (as a photographer) owe it to your audience to guide them to the work, set up the work and let them enjoy what you have done. If you have a message in your photos, have an introduction to the work. Lead them to the work and let them enjoy it. If you need titles to the work to work with the image, that’s important. To me, it’s the entire concept of the photographic collection that’s important. If you need titles to add to the completion of the work, then titles are important.
Now that you have finished my blog post, click on over to my website to revel in the silliness of my hopeless attempts to create meaningful titles for my photographs. Here’s a link to the entire sorry state of affairs as described in “Technology in Service to the Arts!”