This time on the Isle of Harris I considered the ability of a photograph to capture less detail but more feeling. What is it that attracts us to coastal scenes or misty landscapes but the ability to see what’s not there. How can we relate to abstract patterns in art without being aware of the patterns that inspire us in the landscape.
According to the Photofocus blog a great photographer John Shaw said, “The difference between a professional and an amateur photographer is that a professional knows what NOT to include in the photo. Shaw believes that by a process of elimination, the photographer can start to exclude things from the scene until all that’s left is the desired end result.”
An end result I had in mind was something I was learning looking at the art work of Lesley Wiseman. She says in her gallery page “I have never been one for detail in my art, preferring to go for the bold statement. I love the interaction of strong colours, especially the aquamarines, turquoises and jades that characterise the Hebridean seascapes.” She paints onto silk as her medium and you can see in her painting the same effect and emotion of a scene rather than the subject detail.
Here I am attempting the same or also noticing how much I respond to less detail but shape and colour even when there is not much colour to go around due to a heavy sky or gentle rain.
Perhaps I am still including too much detail. it is a habit that is hard to break. What do you think?