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Subject: RE: [Leica] What Makes a good Picture?
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 14:47:44 -0500

The drawing comparison doesn't quite work, Martin - People tend to be
intrigued, captivated, etc., by someone who can do a life-like
sketch...But they often tend to be annoyed by someone who photographs
them at a time when they don't expect to be photographed.

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[] On Behalf Of Martin
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] What Makes a good Picture?

On Monday, Dec 2, 2002, at 04:45 America/Los_Angeles, Simon Greenwood 

> The additional factor was that my camera was the only one in the 
> place. Would you light a cigar when you are at a party, and of 60 
> people, not one was smoking?

Taking a picture of someone doesn't contribute to their demise through 
secondhand exposure.  Unless, of course, you believe that the camera 
captures their soul.

After you've smoked your cigar, you cannot go home, stick the ash into 
a developing tank, process it, get negative ash, stick that into an 
enlarger, and print beautifully captured moments from the party which 
you can then give to those who were there.  All you can do is leave ash 
on their carpet.

Hardly seems like a valid comparison... wouldn't you agree?

Instead, do this: imagine that you could sketch with a pencil and 
paper.  Imagine that you could sketch very lifelike drawings, such that 
no-one who looked at your drawing and knew the subject would be 
mistaken as to whom you'd drawn a picture of?

Now, ask yourself: at this partly, would you allow yourself to take out 
a small sketchbook and your favorite pencil and draw scenes or 
portraits that you see?


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