Monday, November 29, 2010

Beauty is in the "mind" of the beholder

When a non-photographer sees a beautiful scene, he usually tries to capture everything he sees so as not to miss out any details. As photographers, we learn that "less is more". We try to capture only the main item of interest and leave the rest to the imagination. This often makes the picture more appealing. For example, the picture of wild flowers next to an old letterbox may stir up imagination of a rustic scene; the image of one corner of the garden may imply a larger setting; the profile of a person's face may carry a stronger picture than that of a fully visible person. I believe a really beautiful image cannot be just "seen" but has to be "imagined" as well.

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