minniev wrote:Gursky invoked or not, I always enjoy your analyses and your edits, Duck. They are all lessons in artistic thought, and they add to the discussion not just for me as the OP but to anyone who takes time to read. For that I thank you profusely, and pray you'll continue.
Thank you for the affirmation. Sometimes I feel I may come across a bit too strong.
minniev wrote:On your two distractions noted in the composition - I agree with you on the convergence of the treeline and roofline, and wished I could've got to a different spot to fight that more. As for the Shrek-tree, I liked it and left it on purpose, but there is part of me that always wants to pick the donkey, the same part that makes me look for the flower that a bug has chewed instead of the perfect one next to it. It is probably a character flaw on my part.
There is no right or wrong here and, as the artist, you have final say in your creation. Part of the critique process is to learn how others interpret our decisions to better make future decisions.
minniev wrote:Of course I don't have intimate knowledge of the area either, which means I photograph differently when I travel than when I"m taking pictures of the hay bales in my side yard, or the birds I've come to know so well under the dam.
That kind of understanding actually shows through when you start looking at an artist's collection in whole, as in your case.
minniev wrote:When I travel I just find what stops my eye, what I discover and find amusing or miraculous. While I'm looking at it I may have an idea of some way to develop it further in post, or maybe that comes later after I get home. This outfit was a little of both, but Gursky definitely crept into my mind - not so much about capturing the bare essence of the scene, but about the geometry, which I confess is (rightly or wrongly) the main element of how I see. And perhaps why I don't fully "get" Gursky anyway.
You may not get the reaction
to Gursky's images but I suspect you understand the process he undergoes, even if on a subconscious level. Your Dam Birds images have matured with each subsequent addition, indicating you are taking more into consideration with each visit. This is the result of familiarity as much as a wish to push beyond what you did with the previous image. An experienced artist will eventually get to the point where that process gets streamlined and instead of multiple days to discover the image it only takes a few hours. It's all part of the process.
minniev wrote:I really like your vertical composition, great interpretation that retains what I liked in the scene but orders the elements differently. Thanks!!
It's all part of the journey of seeing. Keep up the awesome work you are doing.