Art Principles In Portrait Photography

How to Apply the Highest Classic Artistic Principles to your Photography.

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seen or experienced in nature. And it is the manner in which these records are made that affects us as art. Every stroke, touch, spot, and patch of light and dark governed by the mind and hand of the artist interprets first an emotion, second a meaning. In this lies the province of art. The " mirror of nature," as expressed -■* by photography, is a cold, impersonal, undesirable tracing of certain facts reproduced by pure science - heartless, uninteresting. Its value is wholly scientific, and it deals with only one kind of truth. There is nothing impressionable or impressive about it. Pic torial art is strongly emotional. It exists to give pleasure and at the same time knowledge; not such knowledge as the dissecting sciences impart, but the kind inherent in music, poetry, literature, religion.
♦ Nature in itself has nothing to do with art; it is only the quarry, the reservoir out of which material for art can be taken. It is plain, then, that "true to nature" cannot refer to the comprehensive truth, but that of necessity selection of truths must be resorted to in any event. This being so, the phrase "holding a mirror up to nature" is evidently meaningless from the stand point of art, and "true to nature" must be understood as referring to a phase of nature of which we have become conscious.
When photography aims at art and not at science the personality of the photographer becomes at once