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In high school, I wrote an essay that compared Picasso’s 1907 “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon” – the first cubist painting – with Stravinsky’s 1913 “Rite of Spring.” Both works of art created violent uproars. Influenced by an African statue he saw at Gertrude Stein’s home, Picasso’s “Demoiselles” strove for absolute freedom of expression. He painted not what he saw, but what he imagined.

Stravinsky’s “Rite” was also born in imagination. The music reflected a solemn pagan rite, distorting tonality with outrageous dissonances and eccentric rhythms never heard before. The greatness of both works of art was not realized until later, when people began to accept that old rules don’t always have to be followed.

Today, one century later, photography is experiencing its own revolution. Purists expect a photograph to be “real.” Not altered. Printed as is. A common question overheard in galleries today is: “Was it Photoshopped?” But why place boundaries on photographic art? And why even assume that what a camera captures is in fact “reality?” Each camera model interprets a scene differently, and further variations are made when photographers customize settings and print with different inks and papers.

Why not simply ask: “Does it speak to me?”

Autumn Walk

This is an exciting time to be a photographer. Just as legend Ansel Adams made good use of the tools of his day, altering images in the darkroom to create captivating photographs, the extensive palette of digital tools today enables photographers to create art in ways that could not have been imagined even decades ago. Indeed, old rules don’t always have to be followed.

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I bit the bullet and joined the blogging world. Stay tuned for occasional postings from my experiences as a professional portrait and fine art photographer on Cape Cod.

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