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Rich Harvest of Detail
In Start to Finish class, this week’s inspiration was to “shoot wide.” Kim walked us through the making of a picture with a wider view, more space, and greater detail. She encouraged us to experiment with and appreciate the ability of these pictures to invite the viewer to linger.
As so often happens in life, just the right thing happens at just the right time.
My Southern writer friend, Candice Ransom, invited me on an adventure to ride the train to Washington, DC and visit a few museums. She really wanted to see the exhibit Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America at the Museum of Natural History. She is a writer who takes pictures, and so, we both wanted to see the exhibit A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection in the National Gallery of Art.
In the museum gift shop, I picked up a copy of Why Photography Matters by Jerry L. Thompson. The title intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to dive into this essay on a topic near to my heart.
The vocabulary and tone of this compact little book are far above my academic level. I turned to the dictionary on most every page, and I had difficulty following the author’s reasoning. But I persisted, and there, beneath the highfalutin language and convoluted arguments, I found a hidden gem. This treasure – understanding the rich harvest of detail and what it might mean for my photographs – is something that might advance my work.
For a long while, I’ve been viewing the details in a photographic composition as an obstacle to overcome rather than an asset. I’ve worked on my pictures to obscure distracting details, trying to make my photographs look like real art, worthy of display on a wall in a gallery.
*insert birds in the tree photo
And then I read these quotes from the book –
It frequently happens . . . –and this is one of the charms of photography–that the operator himself discovers on examination, perhaps long afterwards, that he has depicted many things he had no notion of at the time. Sometimes inscriptions and dates are found upon the buildings, or printed placards most irrelevant, are discovered upon their walls; sometimes a distant dial-plate is seen, and upon it–unconsciously recorded–the hour of the day at which the view was taken.
- William Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature (1844)
The camera can show more than its operator understood he saw when he looked at the actual scene.
Despite my best efforts, the lens’s rich harvest of detail cannot be restrained. Playing with an expanded view, I find that I might just fall in love with the “swift chance, disarray, wonder and experiment.” Perhaps details are not a problem to be controlled, but a gift to embrace.
*insert forest photo
At first glance, this picture shows a mass of detail gathered at the center, becoming more airy and light and colorful in the upper margins. The picture encompasses deep space, subtle visual organization, and a pleasing overall form. The picture challenges the viewer to look more closely. A patient and thoughtful viewer might wonder where this little stream leads. The landscape suggests a forest or perhaps a park. And see how the elements happily reside along one another? Trees on a little island, rocks in the stream, the winding path . . . the creation and appreciation of beauty is a part of the forest scene with no preconceived rule of design coming into play in either subject or picture.
Photographers who care only about information might be called journalistic; their pictures need captions, and the captions often do the same work as the pictures, though with less visual impact . . .
Photographers who care only about how the picture looks might be called pictorialist; their pictures need captions no more than a symphony needs a “program” . . .
The richest, most fully realized photography is made by those who work somewhere in the middle.
Photography matters because of the message it conveys, what shows through, a rich harvest of detail.
Thank you Donna for sharing your amazing Friday Finds….. So grateful for you…..