Every now and again someone will ask me “where did you take that picture?” It’s usually easy for me to tell them, as I can remember most locations. However, sometimes I’m asked “WHY did you take that picture?”
The image above generated this second question. It was taken on the beach, close to West Kirby, and the chap had been wind surfing. The dog had been bounding around on the beach, and this was the greeting the owner got when he sat down. I was just taken by the moment shared between man and dog.
What’s interesting, is that the next person to look at this shot might say that it doesn’t do anything for them. They may not like the composition, or the colours, or the expression….
This is the point – there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way – it’s all to do with how the viewer has been educated by books, art, and photography. It’s about how they have been ‘judged’ in the past on their own work. It is also to do with how much influence an individual has had in their photographic journey.
If you are constantly told that the photographic rules have to be followed, and that deviation means it’s wrong – then it’s possible that the photographer will not be as creative.
You need to know the basic rules, yes, but you also need to be aware that it is OK to break them when YOU want to.
Your own views will be constantly changing, provided you are open to change. And the truth of the matter is that you have only one person to please that really matters……. YOURSELF.