7.02.2016

I think we get too intellectual about photography. Trying after the fact to explain why our images work. As though there is some formula more important than, "I love the way this looks through the finder."


Diagrams, color theory, golden rules, rules of third are nothing more than attempts to explain why humans like what they see. Mostly postulated by people who are unsure of their own vision. Uncertain about the relevance of their own seeing. We are an irrational species. Sometimes we just do stuff because we enjoy it.

If you need to have a manifesto in order to grapple with the promise of success I would suggest you switch to painting or performance art or conceptual art. Either that, or get brave enough to appreciate your own work without the need to dissect it.

Comedians know that there is not a joke in the world that is bettered by the need for further explanation...

5 comments:

Patrick Dodds said...

Well, no intellectualising about this one - that is a beautiful picture. End of.

stephen connor said...

All true. That said, just in case you haven't seen this: http://petapixel.com/2016/06/29/transparent-card-puts-golden-ratio-wallet/

Yikes!

Jim said...

"Comedians know that there is not a joke in the world that is bettered by the need for further explanation..." just got added to my collection of quotes. Thank you for saying it so concisely.

atmtx said...

Lovely portrait.

Ron White said...

The Wisdom of Kirk. I've saved this in a Favorites Folder. Thanks.