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The Art of Seeing

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Often, people will ask me; "why did you take that photograph". Usually something caught my eye, or how the different elements came together. Also, a subject will just present itself. Almost, a Zen moment.

 

If I'm not on an assignment, I try to go out with an empty canvas in my mind. That way, my mind is not cluttered with ideas that might cloud my creative process.

 

After I identify my subject, I then start the process of elimination. Photography is a subtractive art, where, I feel painting is an additive art.  The painter has a an empty canvas that he, she must fill. As photographers, we have to eliminate elements that won't enhance the the finished image. I like to say, if you can't tell what your subject is, get closer.

 

More to follow,

 

Tom


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