Photography, Greek statues and Cats the Musical: what do they have in common?
Let’s start from ancient Greece: Greek artists sculptured the Parthenon statues using the full-relief technique even though they knew that they would be placed against a wall: so nobody could see the back of the statues. Why did they decide to do that? Half a statue, half the work! The answer is very simple: because for the ancient Greek artists the “concept/idea” of a statue was fundamentally: a statue is a “true” statue only and only if it is complete: all the parts of a statue must be sculptured.
Some years ago I went to London to see the show “Cats the Musical” . In the show there is a particular scene where it’s night, a cat is singing in the middle of the stage with the spotlight on him and he is surrounded by other actors (“cats”) that are in dim light and moving like real cats. Why are they moving? There is a very low light .. the audience’s attention is on the cat in the centre of the stage and therefore the other cats could be still. It’s because the director “sculpted” the show in a full-relief way!
The moral of this story is that when you do a job you must do it at your best and not superficially. When it’s finished, you have to “look” at all the surrounding aspects. So you have to look at your photos in the same way. Better: before you take a photograph look carefully all around the viewfinder.
( Thanks to my very best friend Delia for helping me during the translation from italian language. )