Images within images

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by philldresser, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. philldresser

    philldresser Subscriber

    Feb 4, 2003
    Norwich, UK
    Multi Format
    I believe I am still developing my photographic vision. I know what subjects I like as well as those that I dislike and I also know that my tastes are changing.

    Years ago I took photos because I just liked the subject yet recently I have found that I am drawn to images/subjects that are sub-selections of the whole subject. In effect I am drawn in closer and selecting abstracts or a particular detail.

    Another trend is to see images within others images, a mental cropping process, including in my own work. Is this a restrictive growth? or part of my development?

    I take examples ofimages (some from the APUG galleries) and play with them in PS to isolate what it was about the image that I like.

    Does anyone else do this? and if so is it ethical to put this forward as my interpretation, my critique or suggestion, as this would speak louder than words.

  2. Alex Hawley

    Alex Hawley Member

    Jul 17, 2003
    Kansas, USA
    Large Format
    There's nothing wrong with this at all Phil. In fact, I've had this pointed out to me by some very accomplished photographers.

    Often I will set up and shoot a scene, then find something really interesting inside what I just took. It only gets disgusting when you see the scene within the scene on the print. Then I find myself saying "why didn't I see that when I was there?"
  3. KenM

    KenM Member

    Apr 22, 2003
    Calgary, Alb
    4x5 Format
    Ditto! I just finished a darkroom session, and one of the prints I was working on has a *wonderful* area that would have made a great photograph - I can't crop the negative since the perspective is all wrong, but it still looked interesting. Finding little gems like this will certainly make me look more closely at the next photograph.

    Hopefully I will *see* it better as well.