Recent Photos, December 2001
Composition is the purest way of seeing
It seems to me that these two Eds are trying to look through the
lens in opposite directions. Hall strives to look out, while
Weston trys to look in through the same viewfinder.
Through Hall's finder, composition is simply ordering elements to best suit a set of preordained types, preprogrammed by the experience and culture of the viewer stereotypes that are obstacles to true understanding. Yet to Weston's mind such an ordering is the truest, most natural way to see the composition choices reveal the photographer to himself. The same effect, viewed either as a restriction to understanding or as a revelatory tool.
Pick your poison!
Cameras: Canon IIIa rangefinder, A-1, F-1 SLRs
Films: Delta 400, TMax 100, XP2, Astia, Ektachrome 100
Most shot in the last quarter of 2001
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