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Today I went to a Photographic Exhibition, a landscape/seascape photographer was displaying her efforts, some images I must admit were high quality, but some of the beach'n'sea and seascape images had the horizons right in the middle of the view and also had sloping horizons including a huge 40"x30" seascape with a 3" slope and a price tag of £390!! An information sheet informed me that the photographer had several qualifications and degrees in photographic art and was using a Hasslebad!! The photographer was not present at the exhibition. Has anyone else come across this phenomenon??? It helps to make me think I'm in with a chance of making a sale one day!! Bill.
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Putting an horizon in the middle of an image is not a crime...in fact it's a compositional aid to achieving the feel of open space.
So before we go any further.....
Fair point Keith... but a sloping horizon???
Maybe she is confident enough in her work not to have to follow "the rules".
In France I saw photographs of Étretat exhibited (a place much like Durdle Door, only on the French side of the water...), and they had exactly the same "problems" (?). But I had the impression the photographer was successful. They weren't quite as expensive as the ones mentioned above, but still.
Confident enough to be ok with a sloping horizon? I can't see that as a compositional aid.
I didnt see them, did you Kris?
name the photographer..maybe we can link to some examples?
Fair point Keith, I should've kept shtum until I'd seen an example.
Hey, maybe she's an Irish water skier and found the fabled lake...
I always forget my ruler and set square when I go to exhibitions.
Yep Ive seen many with sloping horizons
but then the Artist will tell you that they were trying to be different from the norm
And with some wonderful comments by so called Art critics.
it commands a hefty price tag.
In reality they are just crap
I agree a midline horizon can work but it has to be a cracking shot, not all of these were IMHO. What I really wondered was if anyone else had seen exhibitions where you were hit in the eye by such an obvious "beginner's error". Bill.
Couldn't agree more with your analysis Andy!
Perhaps it wasn't the picture that was the problem? Maybe somebody simply forgot it wasn't supposed to be hung straight?
what beginners error? Turner did it a few years back on regular basis...and after he passed beginners stage too. Central horizons don't need to be astounding shots they are just part of the armoury.
what was the artists name anyway?
Last year a mate of mine was hanging one of Monet's Houses of Parliament (an original I might add). You'll have seen it - purple tinge, reflection in the Thames etc.
It had been on his wall for a week before someone pointed out it was upside down.
Bleedin' thirds... if they'd only put something else on page one of the rule book
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