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Conscious Composition

Normally when I shoot I plug in my favorite music, load my camera of choice and I look for photographs. Simple. This past week I realized that I no longer think about the rules that I learned in school. The rule of thirds, leading lines or specific composition.

This made me think and ask what if I did think about composition and how would this change my images. This also sparked creative inspiration to look back and simultaneously step forward. So this month that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to review some of my vintage composition books and see how acquired knowledge will affect my wild interpretation of what is a good photo.

Last weekend is not what I would consider successful on any level. I chased an image for two days and it still evaded me. So what was in the developer is still in the developer. I hate missing opportunities, and photos especially when the circumstances are out of my control. I also hate working really hard and letting go of the work. I don't call this failure. I call it disappointment.

I don't believe in failure. I believe in work and no work; internally we all know when we push ourselves and when we remain on the sofa literally and figuratively. Below are a few images that I like and shot just because. I didn't consider composition. Click to view larger; galleries and slide shows are cropped.

Off topic but on point. This might be a future blog - if you are putting your work out there and not getting hired don't for one minute think that your work isn't good enough. I've found that 90% of the time, yes, 90% of the time employers are not looking at the work! This is another reason to get a website; analytics. I haven't figured out if it's AI, bots or just plain laziness that is being used for deciding candidates but it's one of the three. A knowledgeable human is now 10% of this process which is unfortunate and heartbreaking. Photography is about seeing and if the click isn't there no one has looked.

Personally I think this is why there are so many "brands" out there. I've been pulling away from Instagram I find it to be too much like a photography MLM that's only interested in your like and not your photography. There's now a sea of YouTubers and Instagrammers who wants to be known literally and financially. It's all hard work; that I'm choosing to do on my own platform. Have a great week shooting!

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