Detail

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I have to admit straight off the bat that I am not a landscape photographer.  I should also say that I don’t really like looking at landscape photographs.  I can appreciate and understand the effort and skill which goes into producing stunning landscape photography; getting up at dawn, choosing appropriate filters and lenses, trekking to the ideal location, waiting for the perfect light, returning again the next day for better light.  No, that’s not for me.

When I am out and about with a camera, although I, like most people, will be drawn to the vista before me, I often end up looking for the details around me; the fragments of a scene which can stimulate the imagination to visualise the whole panorama, without showing it.

The image above is a case in point.  It is simply a ‘No Entry’ sign.  But where could it be?  What else could be nearby?  The viewer can build the scene in their mind’s eye which will be biased by what they have seen themselves, by what experience they have, maybe by what they might know – or think they know – about me.

When you look at this image, what else do you see outside the frame?

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4 thoughts on “Detail

    • Hi Eddy,

      Thanks for commenting and liking.

      You are in the right ball park, as it were.

      The point of the process, is that you can build the rest of the scene for yourself; and that the scene you construct is neither correct, or incorrect. In a way, no matter how much of the scene is included, there is always more which is excluded.

      For example, I’m watching the news as I write this, a scene from the House of Commons. Often, a lot of MPs will crowd around the PM or Leader of the Opposition to give the impression on TV that the place is packed out, when there may, in fact, only be a dozen or so MPs in the place. The viewer builds their own version of the rest of the scene in their own mind. That scene is true for them, but is it true?

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