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Breaking the Rules

3 Sep 2020 11:26PM   Views : 479 Unique : 321

Today's image has been well received in the Gallery, which I'm really pleased about. It illustrates the point that rules are meant to be broken, and doing so often makes a picture. In this case, the background is much lighter than the subject, and received wisdom suggests that our eyes are attracted to the lightest part of an image. Also, Sue is looking out of the frame, which takes our eye away from the main body of the picture. Received wisdom suggests that we need to see what she is looking at.

Well, in my humble opinion, received wisdom can be wrong, or put another way, the "expert" has the potential of being utterly and dramatically wrong. The rationale of the picture is somewhat different to the received wisdom's demands and the point is that the night scene, represented by the background, is bright, brash and no doubt noisy as well. The subject is in shadow, looking beyond, within her own thoughts, and is detached from the brashness of the situation. She isn't looking at something, rather more looking beyond everything else that is going on.

Feel free to agree or disagree, but here is the picture in question:

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altitude50 19 23.9k United Kingdom
4 Sep 2020 9:31AM
Absolutely agree, a well taken beautifully exposed, well observed picture.
I know the rules and know when to ignore any standard set of established principles.

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