Posted, belatedly, to Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” —
Images: Su Leslie 2019
Posted to Debbie’s weekly quote challenge.
“Sculpture occupies real space like we do… you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object.” — Chuck Close, artist.
“The detail is as important as the essential is. When it is inadequate, it destroys the whole outfit.” — Christian Dior
A couple of years ago, I went to an exhibition called The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
I doubt anyone could ever call me a fashionista, but I do love beautiful things — and that exhibition was a feast of beautiful things.
“A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.” — Christian Dior
Understandably, the gallery lighting wasn’t great for photography, but I hope these few images can convey some of the design genius and attention to detail that has made the House of Dior famous.
Posted to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | detail
‘Reflection of a Journey‘, Torild Storvik Malmedal (2015); marble and glass. Seen at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2018. Image: Su Leslie
Street art, Whangarei, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019
On a recent weekend in Whangarei I was really impressed by the amount and quality of the street art that has been installed around the city. It seems that street art has moved from an underground, rebel act to one approved, organised and funded by local authorities.
Not that I’m complaining.
This was my favourite work. I wish I could find out more about it.
Detail; street art, Whangarei, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019
I think of simplicity in photography (Mies van der Rohe’s famous “less is more”) as more than the limiting of elements or a paring back of visual noise. I think it is also about creating space for the viewer to make their own story from the image.
What do you think? How much do you like (or loath) ambiguity in an image?
Thank you to Debbie at Travel with Intent for reminding me of Ansel Adams’ statement that “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”