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The skills of Enthusiastic Amateurs | by kevin dooley
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The skills of Enthusiastic Amateurs

Do you know that the world of professional photography classifies us a "enthusiastic amateurs"? I kind of like the term--it acknowledges our obsession without putting pressure on us.


I was thinking about how my different contacts--you all--"interest" me in terms of your image's content. I see three types of artists, er, amateurs...


* The Composers. It's all about lines and angles and curves and sections and rules of third and repeating patterns and contrast and symmetry and asymmetry. Exploring the linear and nonlinear.


* The Narrators. It could be kid photos or street photos or photojournalism--the point is these people capture the human moment. Their images, while static, tells a dynamic story.


* The Emoters. These people create an emotional experience when you view their work. It's more than just a "wow" you get from a Composer or an emotional jerk from a Narrator... these people through all the elements of the image are able to create a mood that can be simple or very complex.


While all of else have elements of all three, I think we tend to be better at one than the others.


Hey, I love you all!


Superior, Arizona. Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim with Kodak Elitechrome EBX 35mm ISO100 slide film cross-processed as a color negative. No other effects added. Development by Tempe Camera. Ninth shot posted from roll.


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Taken on December 1, 2008