A picture is seen differently by everyone and a good photographer knows this. Placing people, scenery, situations and objects together can in many ways tells many different stories but having just one thing out of place can take away any meaning at all and could ruin an otherwise perfectly good photograph.
What do you see when you look at a photograph of a model on the beach, in a field or posing next to a tree? Do you see the person? Do you look for an expression or some connect between yourself and the model? Or do you see the scenery and stare in wonder at the sunlight, moonlight or simple natural beauty?
Everybody looks at a photograph differently and whether you see the model or the view, the end result is the same. The end result is that either the image works or doesn’t. Sometimes the photo is just about the beauty, there is no real story and at times the image is more about the person.
Sometimes the scene shot tells a story, sometimes is doesn’t and some will see a story or try to find one and others never will. Photography is an art and because of this there is no right or wrong picture. Should and photograph be about the model or the view? The answer is yes, no and maybe and either or, or neither at all.
How the image comes together is important but also how the photographer frames the shot is equally important. The photographer, as with any artist starts with a blank canvas and often has no idea of what the end result will truly and because of this both the model and the setting or the lack
of either but not both is what matters.
The photographer may be looking for contrast or may be looking for balance, and with people and nature both of these are easily attained and sometimes neither is possible. Sunset, sunrise, moonlight or artificial light all create something and it is that something that the photographer always looks to achieve and what the photographer sees through the lens may be different to what the casual onlooker or critic may see. Either way the a photographer knows when a good photograph is taken and equally knows when a great photograph is taken, rarely will there be a bad photograph because for a photographer the photos are not holiday snaps or selfies but come from the heart with passion knowing that the model and view can and will deliver precisely what is desired and what an audience will appreciate.