Reduce the Tussle . . .

I think photographers often tussle too much with their art. I have always believed that simplicity was the key to better photography. Over the years, I have seen a great many photographers try too hard in order to create the perfect picture. Often to the detriment of the subject before them. They include everything but the kitchen sink in their photograph! Which is a sure recipe for what I have termed image dilution; too much information in your photograph. I think the artist Leonardo da Vinci had this in mind when he expressed so eloquently, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Learn to say more with less.

When I feel myself struggling with the endless search for the perfect composition, perspective, gesture, narrative, point of view, etc., I take a step back and quiet my mind for a few moments. I stop trying so hard. Such was the case with the photograph of the nearly twenty-foot, hand-painted Moroccan door. A feast for the photographer’s eye! So many possibilities, so many choices of artistic execution. I could have chosen to include the entire door, which I felt was a bit too busy. While observing the door from a closer perspective, I became more aware of the beautiful gold colored latch! All I had to do was refine my vision and reduce the extraneous. I simplified my approach and the result was a most delightful surprise. It had always been there waiting to be expressed.

The next time you feel overwhelmed with your photographic subject whatever it may be, take a few moments to quiet your inner thoughts. Relax your being. Simplify your approach. If you let it, the answers will come in a more crystalline form than you thought possible!

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