Monday, August 15, 2011

When the photo isn’t good enough: create art

Well, art is in the eye of the beholder. This wouldn’t be the first time that I have been turned away at an art show.
But here, for your viewing pleasure, my little moth: As it was on the wall.
And here, many hours later, as “Moth Balls”:


Friday, August 12, 2011

Background to the rescue?

Have you ever tried to figure out what great photos have in common? moth6
Sorry, but I don’t have a representative collection to share here and let you decide. So you will have to put up with my ideas, at least until there is sufficient feedback to this post to set me straight.
moth4In looking through several albums of photos that are considered good either by their creators or others, it was easy for me to see that great photos are strongly oriented on their subject, have no extraneous details, that there is a strong visual design, snappy, often exaggerated, colors, and a simple but supportive moth8background. The background sets off but supports the subject.
I came across a rather “blah” photo when looking through my most recent “catch” and I said to myself, this might work on a different background.
moth2No sooner said than done.
And here, dear reader, is where you come in. Alongside is the photo on different solid backgrounds. The original is included, it should not take you but a few seconds to identify it.
moth7Which, in your opinion, works best?
Why do you think so?
Would you hang any of these on a wall in your room?
Do any of the solid backgrounds improve the photo?
moth9Can you think of some other background that would work better?
And lastly, but maybe most importantly, can a different background really make a difference?
Please let me know your thoughts, either with a comment on this post or any other means of communicating. I would love to hear from you.
© 2011 Ludwig Keck