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squares(Leica D-Lux 5)

A renowed design-visual-art guru, the mastermind behind the visual arts course I enrolled in, has been like a trusty hiking team leader guiding his pupils into the unexplored wonderland of art and to scale new heights. For all that I have been practising observation through a photographer's eye, it didn't happen to me before the guru's prompt that observation isn't all looking and seeing. To an artist, he revealed from his 40 years of experience in the arts field, it is primarily about finding out the quintessence of what presents before our eyes. The quintessence of a table can be the sharp corners, and that of a Leica camera can be the rectangular form. Once the quintessence is grabbed, the artist can start to transform the object into a work of art.

For example, the quintessence of a safety pin hinges on its unique head and coiled structures. With that in mind, one can alter it into any form or shape and the viewers will be visually challenged by a novelty yet something reminiscent of a safety pin. (For copyright reason, I have not the permission to upload my other drawing which is also derived but departs further from the conventional safety pin form) The implication of this on photography is a much broader avenue for photographers to experiment on the shots, to me in a more philosophical sort of way as in today's shot.

I saw this man hiding in a hollow space from the sun and engrossed in his phone. The quintessence of the scene is hiding, hole and hollow. So I framed the shot to show also the curtained off window and overall to give the H shape to echo the essential H elements.


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