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    One of the most famous and influential of early abstract paintings was called "Eight Red Rectangles". For me at least it is a literally amazing feat, a creation of something out of nothing. One aspect of the amazement is the contrast between the breath of experience the painting offers and the minimal means it uses to accomplish its aims. The title pulls the same trick in language, or at least, highlights this aspect with its own inadequacy as a description.

    The red rectangles are safely in the canon of Western art history. Whether you agree with me or not about their effect and greatness, you cannot deny their inflluence.

    The number of objects titles are now so widespread in photography that there are certainly many photographers who use them without any desire to identify with - to them - obscure Russian painters. But I can't believe that someone like Michael Kenna is unaware of the history of the genre, and I can't believe that when he titles a photo n-birds or m-posts he is not also signposting the inadequacy of literal description, i.e. he is suggesting the viewer try a more poetic, associative response, and not merely inviting them to get out a magnifying glass and tally stick.

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    I think evocotive titles usually come off as pretentious. To me, thye usually distract from the image and seem to be an attempt help the image accomplish something the photography has failed to do.
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    The ones that make you realize they are provocative are failed titles themselves.

    Just because it has been done poorly a thousand times doesn't take anything away from the validity of a good, thoughtful title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshverd View Post
    The ones that make you realize they are provocative are failed titles themselves.

    Just because it has been done poorly a thousand times doesn't take anything away from the validity of a good, thoughtful title.

    It would help e to understand if you could give me some examples of well titled photographs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jstraw View Post
    It would help e to understand if you could give me some examples of well titled photographs.
    YATTI!
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    Quote Originally Posted by donbga View Post
    YATTI!
    Hmm?
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    On other hand, I've always scatched my head in wonderment whenever I see a photograph with the title: "Untitled".

    It's always amazed me how no two of them look the same!

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