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About composition

Photographic vision, what is it? The ability to think within the framework of a photographic language, how is it? I believe that people involved in photography in one way or another have at least once held in their hands a book, a manual or a textbook on photography. Of course, there was a large section devoted to composition, theory and rules of frame construction. I have studied myself more than one book contained extensive material on this issue. However, the more I studied this subject, the more clearly I realized how far this theory is from real photography. Here I must explain that, speaking of photography, I mean that area of the photographic image, which lies far beyond the limits of utilitarian, applied photography (although, what I will talk about in the future is true for this photography). Many people like to rely on rules, and indeed, the presence of rules allows us to structure, to organize, to subordinate. The presence of rules is the presence of stability and the possibility of repetition. Sort of, it is a plan of action. There is no doubt that in some areas of human life it is impossible to do without rules, otherwise chaos will cover us. As for photography, it is not so definitely. You should understand that the process of creation does not work according to the rules, rather, the process of creation is the process of creating rules that are valid only for the created work, and these are the rules the inner world of the work will live by. Translating all this into the plane of photography, the composition will be the rules created by the author, basing on which the inner world of the image, organized interaction between objects, frame space, color and shape, will function. Moreover, each time it will be a new set of laws. These laws, internal rules determine the author’s handwriting and individuality. We can call it the author’s language. In order to find your own language, you need to study and understand the nature of the photographic image, most often it happens even unconsciously, on an unconscious level, so it is hard for the author to explain how it works. At the heart of everything is the desire to comprehend the world through contemplation and analysis, endless trial and error, improving one’s eye, the inner eye that looks through objects, looking beyond the horizon of conscious space.