Quirks and Foibles
I admit to having my share of photographic quirks.
The first: I like things to be square, to be lined up with sharp right angles – vertical and horizontal lines within the image must line up with the edges of the frame. Correcting for perspective distortion is a requirement for me. As you can see in the original photograph below, the metal pole and other verticals in this image were straightened in reference to the frame edges.
But satisfying my need for the perpendicular seems like a fairly “normal” quirk.
I also have this strong compulsion to clean up dirt in my images – and I’m not talking about sensor dust. I know, I know – it doesn’t make much sense when the image is of a crumbling, disintegrating historic prison – where rust and peeling paint rule the day.
If you look closely at the “before” image below, you can see that I painstakingly cloned out the tiny rocks and random specks on the concrete floor. I know their presence is true to the environment and the conditions. I just can’t ignore it – for me, it ruins the shot.
Same with signs or litter or other similar elements.
I understand this is a symptom of my perfectionism and my need to control my environment. To have the world fit my vision of the way things should be. And the contrast of the extreme rusty disintegration with a cleaned-up concrete floor is, perhaps, disconcerting.
But I accept this as one of my foibles – as one of the peculiarities that make me and my images unique.
So what about you – do you have any photographic quirks?
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