When it comes to landscape photography; I am not a purist like some. Many photographers believe the image should be served exactly as it came out of the camera. Others believe (I amongst them) that the camera is very different to the eye. Our eyes are capable of seeing with a far greater dynamic range than the camera and the brain provides a filter to remove the things that are not important to a scene. That is why many people take a photograph and after seeing it when they get home, are underwhelmed to find it isn't what they thought they saw. The only way to make the photograph represent what you saw is to post process it. This has been the case for many years and many photographers still use a darkroom to process film images. I am a digital photographer so instead use a computer to process my images. Very few are as they come out of the camera. Having said that, a few are!
A portrait should be so much more than just pointing a camera at a person and clicking the shutter button. Everything needs to be considered whether taking a fine art photograph or a corporate headshot. What backgrounds would suit. The lighting requirements. Colours that compliment. For me, a portrait should be art.
The subject matter is less important than the form, shapes and colours in an abstract photograph. In fact it matters not, whether you recognise what the image is of, at all. The only important thing is that it is pleasing to the eye.
Much of my photography has been about abstract images. These images concentrate on form and colour over representing real life. I have long been fascinated by abstract forms found in nature and the repetitive patterns found in spiders webs, tree bark, cabbage leaves and more. During the COVID lockdown when I could not travel far I discovered IFS Fractals and started generating my own. I have always liked abstract art and can lose myself quite easily in a good abstract picture.
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