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David duChemin: Your point of view.

http://creativelive.com/courses/david_duchemin Everything that you decide to do for the image, or not decide to do, is your responsibility, and it has an aesthetic affect on the image - everything you do, or again, not decide. If you decide to do nothing, you're still making a choice not to affect those certain elements or for them to happen haphazardly. But, they are within the frame or excluded from the frame because you allowed them to be there or didn't allow them. If you intentionally exclude them, they're not there. But it's your responsibility. Everything has an aesthetic affect. That's what I'm getting at. If we abandon the idea that this is primarily a technical tool and we embrace the idea that this is primarily an aesthetic tool, than everything that we decide to do will be about the look of the photograph. That's what the point of this whole vision thing is about is you've got to know what you want it to look like before you make the decisions, because the camera won't do it for you, and if it does, it'll make the wrong choices. Or like 100 monkeys on 100 typewriters, eventually it'll make the right choice, but it's still not the choice you want it to make. As an artist, that's the point: what do I want it to look like? Otherwise, you may as well blindfold yourself and take a paintbrush and just paint random paint strokes with colors that you're not familiar with and then take it off and go, "Behold! A masterpiece." Well maybe, but it's a masterpiece of random chance, not through any intention of your own. I'm not saying whether that is or isn't art. It may very well be. I don't know.
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