Breaking The Rules. I'm not taking about flirting with the promise of a South American jail. I'm talking photographically here: just so we're clear! This picture doesn't conform. I like many things that don't conform, mostly because they force you to think, look and/or listen. This image flouts the rule of thirds, a doctrine in landscape photography guiding the framing of what we accept as an 'interesting' image. It also flouts the golden mean and several other 'laws'. But rules are there to be broken, or at least tested a little bit. That may sound a little rogue, and I intended it to be. I'm not an anarchist or any 'ist' (honestly), but it's important to experiment, to test, to push some boundaries, and occasionally not do what you're told (sorry mum). This is as true in photography, in any creative genre, or in life. I, as do you, learn faster by making mistakes. I have made many, particularly with my camera. A picture full of too much sky will often be devoid of interest and 'out of balance'. Perceived as wrong. Certainly text book wrong. But here, the negative space of the sky, the mountains and the lake all lead you to one tiny space. The man with his bike, fishing by the lake. It breaks most compositional rules, but it works (though admittedly better in a large print not perhaps on tiny screen on instagram). The sign next to me says: "Pesca Prohibita"...fishing is prohibited. I like him already.
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