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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Relationship

Elsewhere I've written about how a photograph is improved when it is about some relationship. In fact, I tend to think that if a photograph isn't about a relationship, it is merely a view of what something looks like. When I find a place that I think has "photographic potential," what I mean by that phrase is that the place has elements that define a relationship that can be shown visually. All places have some potential, but some have more potential than others -- that is to say, either stronger relationships or stronger contrast between the elements that form the relationship.

Here is the scene -- a cemetery associated with a small temple in the middle of Kyoto.

Here was the relationship I was hoping to find.

I just love the way the tender, green leaves emotionally contrast with the ancient, crumbling headstones.

Tech data:

Panasonic G9 using a Panasonic Leica 12-60mm at 38mm. ISO 6400. f/8 at 1/100th sec.