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Artistic Progression

September 7, 2012

Not long ago I wrote about learning photography and linked to a few sites that can give the basics, which is a great step in improving the quality of the pictures you’re already taking. What I didn’t discuss was the introduction of symbolism and other artistic elements. A lot of that can be done be exploiting the same elementary techniques, but if you want to move into photography as its own artistic field, the world has plenty of opportunities ripe for the shooting. It doesn’t come easy, and it’s something I’m really trying to work on, since I’m more instinctively drawn toward things with aesthetic and compositional appeal than metaphor or visual storytelling.

I feel like I did get pretty lucky with this one, though. I took this in the Louvre museum in Paris, France, on my Canon G7 point and shoot. I like this picture because of the natural progression from old to young, big to small, and classic to modern. These overlapping patterns turn the subjects into more than a family in a museum, and one of the most satisfying moments for an artist is the creation of something with a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The world is full of little messages for us, and not just the obvious ones like the Eiffel Tower or the Buddhist Monk in his temple. Even in one of the single greatest collections of art in the world, it still pays to look at more than just what’s behind the glass cases.

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  1. September 7, 2012 2:10 pm

    Great use of scale here.

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