Why What Works (Luminous Landscape), a comment

Started Jan 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Vlad S
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Rules vs. insights
In reply to amalric, Jan 28, 2013

amalric wrote:

Among the sites that foster photography, irrespective of gear, Michael Reichmann's has some wonderful insights:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/why_what_works.shtml

Are there rules, and who makes the rules? Then, if there are rules – who even cares? Isn't it enough to just do one's thing?

I think there's a lot of confusion because people take insights, or guidelines as if they were rules. Following rules creates a conforming image, but not necessarily an inspired one. Passion, empathy, aesthetic are more than rules, they are the product of our life experiences.

Consider "gesture" and "implication." Are they rules? How do we ensure these elements in an image? Or are they simply observations that cannot be taught, but grow in our minds as a result of observation and participation in the surrounding life? Is there a recipe for inserting implication in an image?

I think it was an interesting read in the sense of finding words to describe different aspects of an image, to put a finger on that je ne sais quoi. But I do not think that someone who was not able to see the "implication" before will suddenly become sensitive to it after reading the article.

Vlad

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