Here is an image where I break the standard rules of photography. The women on the right is cropped out of the photograph and out of focus. So why did I not crop her out or discard the picture, you ask? Well, I find it creative. She is flowing out of the image, yet you can still see enough of her to feel her character. The headscarf perfectly flows over her shoulder, almost pointing to the same direction she (and other passersby) are moving.
For my artistic tastes, I find this image one of my favorites in the series. The beautiful woman leaving the frame is the highlight of the photograph. In other words, I like it!
This reminds me of a time I was with the famous American photographer Paul Caponigro in his Maine studio. He was presenting a group of his images to the few of us lucky enough to be there. One of my companions asked, “what was your creative process on how you came up with the image and concept.” He replied — “I did it because I liked it!” No deep hidden meaning or some creative revelations that had to come from God himself – just simply that he liked it.
I have been living by that motto ever since.
Gear: Sony ILCE-7RM3, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8L GM lens.
Settings: Focal length 40mm; exposure 1/160 sec; f/5.6; ISO 12,800.
GPS: 43°38’44.1″N 79°22’52.2″W