This Minor White quote has always been one of my favorites.
The quote popped into my mind when I was scanning through images in Lightroom today. I was thinking about deeper issues like 'what motivates me as a photographer' and started thinking about Minor White. Lately I have been working with my iphone using applications to to create images that are more 'expressionist' the 'realistic'. Then I started to wonder if I am losing touch by not spending more time working on the more realistic straightforward images. Do I need the HDR or the IPhone to get excited about a capture?
I was also giving some thought to my visit to Death Valley while working on the photo below. I kept thinking the photo was missing something as this image is a complete departure from other images that I have been working on over the past few weeks. I then took another look at the Las Vegas, New Mexico image above, which was one of the first HDR captures I made in 2008.
I must admit I'm drawn towards the HDR - not necessarily the more 'grunge' HDR - but I do love the painterly quality of the image that you can achieve using this process. So, in the end, the debate still exists about whether it is a photograph or an illustration. And then , again, does it really matter.
PS: Two images today - did not post yesterday.