Breaking the Rules
John Paul Caponigro is one of my favorite modern day photographers and teachers. His work and teachings are among the finest you can find. I occasionally peruse his site and blog to see what new work he has posted. Today I was looking at some of his material and I read this quote and wanted to share it with you:
Freeman Patterson offers excellent advice. List all of the rules of photography. And break them. If you do this, you’ll develop a better understanding of the medium. I recommend you take this advice one step further. List all of your rules of photography. And break them. You’ll either find confirmation that what you’re doing is right for you or you’ll make new breakthroughs.
While JP was referring to photography, you could take this quote one step farther, especially with regards to how we live our lives. Those of us in our 40's, 50's, and onward grew up with a set of rules that formed the foundation for how we thought our lives should be lived.
I believe that in the modern day world, 2012, those rules no longer work. That it is imperative for each of us to seek out new ways to live our lives -- new ways to find peace, happiness, love and yes, even prosperity. So, go break the rules, change your life, find a way to Live.
Photographically speaking, one of the ways I am trying to break the rules of late is to show motion in what would normally be a static landscape image. You can see what I mean in the photo of Annabels pub that I posted a few weeks ago, or this image below, the lighting of a memorial for lost Fisherman. I patiently waited to take the picture until a boat was leaving the harbor. I knew that the addition of that streak of light would make my image unique and different from what others might have seen.