Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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

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a factor. His mental state will record itself in his work. If he boasts acquaintance with nature only, it will be seen; if he shows inclination to penetrate into the laws of art his first steps will reveal themselves, being evi dent in this, that his new efforts will betray a control of his camera results, an elimination of a certain unde sirable truth and the setting forth of one that in his judgment is worthy of attention. The process of re moving a stifling mass of "truths" will have taken place. Next it will be found that in thus selecting he has unconsciously developed a "motive." A motive is something felt; it differs from a subject in that a subject is anything in nature deemed desirable to re produce; its definition begins and ends here. A motive grows in this wise,-it presupposes a subject analyzed and is the conception of the artistic possibilities con tained in that subject. It embodies a study of the inherent beauty and the harmonious meaning offered by the subject. With this the artist-photographer begins his career and separates himself forever from the purely scientific worker.
Having discovered his motive, his further advance toward art is manifest in his struggles to express it. He feels rather than reasons that "beauty" is always a matter of arrangement, that "meaning" comes only with a certain use of lines and light and dark placed to define form or indicate action. He will discover