I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
brianj Forum Pro • Posts: 14,657
Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

panos_m wrote:

brianj wrote:

panos_m wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

panos_m wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

...based on this post:


Particularly, this paragraph, and particularly the portion I highlighted in bold:

I had a recent (very successful!) gallery show of prints up to 20"x30" from the E-3. Got many comments about how "natural" the prints looked. Several people said they didn't realize at first they were photographs. They used terms such as "relaxed, smooth and inviting" to describe them. Several, including other photographers, thought they were from film, though the photographers said they were puzzled by the lack of film grain. They were surprised to hear they were digital. Several, including buyers, said they generally don't like prints from digital cameras because they are too "self-conscious" in that they have too much unnecessary detail, too obviously photographic, and too unpleasant to live with on the wall, even if initially striking.

What do people think?  It's a very interesting observation, in my opinion.

Is this a question on realism?

Not really.  The question is on the relationship between the detail in a photo vs the appeal of the photo.

Yes but isn't more detail another step closer to reality?

When I look at a landscape or scene with my eyes I don't see every blade of grass etc but that is what people want when they zoom right into an image and inspect every pixel, so I don't think getting a lot of detail is getting closer to my reality.


The key word here is zoom I think. I prefer to look at the full picture and make a judgment and not a part of it. On the other hand there are photographs that are presented at huge sizes (covering walls) and you are obliged to watch a part of them at a given time . I am not sure how to approach these yet. I am thinking a lot on this. An example from an exhibition of Craigie Horsfield:

Too much minute detail could distract from the message in this type of display, detail in my view is last on the list of important artistic atributes.

As this image demonstrates: Move back in your chair and be drawn into the image, imagine yourself in in a rickshaw seat like the one on the left passing you, then look ahead into the distance, and the thrill of what is to come.

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