When the detail is becoming the main subject, photography is getting more subtle and intriguing? The meaning or the iconic content of a picture is truly related to an array of different factors such as the angle of view, the light, the (picture taken) moment, etc. I won’t argue the virtues of all those fundamentals that are making an interesting photograph. But the relationship between the reconnaissance of a photographic subject fragment and our own interpretation of the iconic content are sometime a stronger message than the exposition (presentation) of the whole context or object.
That is may be the best advice I can transmit to you. If you want impact, longevity and originality to be the main characteristics of your picture, you have to exclude all the disturbing elements of your principal subject. Distraction is our first enemy when we are talking about the observer attention. Sure, you can write a thousand-page story but you may lose a lot of your audience. People are now consulting anything at a very fast pace leaving not a lot of (time) space to study your image. But if you captivate them with a good first impact, they may choose to lengthier their observation time.
Something has to be said about your picture. A kind of « instant » story that will captivate the observer. You can work your subject by layers of interest, at first glance, then with a secondary impression, and then producing a more profound attention to revealing details, etc. We have to « travel » inside the picture which will provoke a more minded introspection. It can differ from a person to another because our cultural experiences can be very apart from each other’s.
It always surprises me to see that many photographers have a tendency to instant treated a subject before trying another one. Unless you are particularly gifted (and even so!), it is difficult to really master a new subject in a glimpse of few shoots (pictures). If you refer to renown photo artists, you will discover how very long they experiment their subjects over the years and decades. You may question about your subject, its position, its texture, its expression, its light rendering, its context, etc. It is not the number of pictures taken that is valuable but their differentiation (variations).
Don’t try to always replicate the other visions. You will be felt comfortable to confront your subject the way you want. Your interpretation has to be your own in its differences compare to the other photographers. At the end you will probably be comprehensible for certain persons but rarely for all the people. This is the reason that I like some photographs but pass my turn with other pictures (but I am not saying that they are not good…). If you don’t recognize yourself in your picture production, it may be indicating that you have to unleash your imagination and try something else more appropriate to your creative soul.
Don’t be distract by external critics because you are on a mission to transmit your vision of life and this mission is more important than this all pseudo dialect of some people that are more oriented to « analyze » other’s pictures than producing their own photographs. Somewhere, somehow, somebody need to see your work and be inspired, simple like that. Don’t look too much for the « Like » popularity (social media pollution) and stay focused on your originality.
At the end, less can be more significant in our every ways of living…
(All pictures were taken in Portugal with a Fujifilm X-T20 camera)