Friday, April 18, 2008

What to Take

This is the fifth in a week long series on Photography. Check out Monday's offering
to get the scoop on it from the beginning.

What to Take

One of my favorite artists, Robert Irwin, has a saying that became the title of his
biography. 'Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees'. That is why
drawing instructors teach on how to see negative space because negative space doesn't
have a name, it doesn't make you conjure up what an elbow is suppose to look like, or
a breast, or a tree or a couch. It is just a shape and it is just defined by the line
or the shadows or texture, that's all.

So, when wondering what to take a photo of, don't worry so much about the 'thing' you
are trying to photograph, all named and defined, but look at it without naming it.
Find the line or tone or texture or color that is within it and make an image of
those things. Your photos will be much better, I promise.


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