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Photography Exhibitions

Billlee 11 5.5k England
19 Aug 2006 8:30PM
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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keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Aug 2006 8:35PM
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.....
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
19 Aug 2006 8:36PM
Fair point Keith... but a sloping horizon???
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2006 8:36PM
Maybe she is confident enough in her work not to have to follow "the rules".
conrad 13 10.9k 116
19 Aug 2006 8:39PM
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.

Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
19 Aug 2006 8:39PM
Confident enough to be ok with a sloping horizon? I can't see that as a compositional aid.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Aug 2006 8:41PM
I didnt see them, did you Kris?

name the photographer..maybe we can link to some examples?
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
19 Aug 2006 8:47PM
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...

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Aug 2006 8:50PM

I always forget my ruler and set square when I go to exhibitions.
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2006 8:51PM
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
Billlee 11 5.5k England
19 Aug 2006 8:54PM
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.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2006 8:58PM
Couldn't agree more with your analysis Andy! Smile
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
19 Aug 2006 8:59PM
Perhaps it wasn't the picture that was the problem? Maybe somebody simply forgot it wasn't supposed to be hung straight?
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Aug 2006 9:17PM
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.
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
19 Aug 2006 9:32PM
Bleedin' thirds... if they'd only put something else on page one of the rule book

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