2013 westward ho! 4/?
I think one of the biggest challenge in making a photograph is giving scale. By choosing the right angle, the right lens and directing your light you can make a photograph that appears as we see it, or “correct”. It is usually not as easy as it seems. This is abundantly clear if you look at many of our wedding & portrait photog friends sites and see beautiful brides that either have giant hands and arms or have tiny heads from the abuse of a wide angle lens. Looks cool huh!? NO! No it doesn’t. Yikes, we have all seen this and probably most have done it. (raising my hand by the way) The only reason you should be at knee level 3 feet in front of a bride with a wide angle is if you are trying to peek up her dress! Step back and choose a little longer lens for the love of Pete and your client. I just had to get that out as I just say it happening in front of my studio earlier today. Sorry if you are reading this…. Anyway, where was I… oh yea, getting a “correct” or “normal” perspective. Ok, so what if we want to do the opposite? What if we want our perspective to be “wrong” or “abstract”, keeping in mind that “perspective” doesn’t always have to mean an angle of view. It can mean just how you see something differently than others in the same bubble.
The images that follow are how I saw the scene, not what was actually seen with the eye. Looking past the obvious of what is right in front of us and bending the rules once in a while make for more interesting work. Works that will hold you for a little longer because you are searching for the answer. That is all I want to do. Just hold the viewer a little bit longer….
Stay tuned tomorrow for the double exposure episode!
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