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Gone fishin' 2

Heavily edited version of previous photo, following comments of the first version suggested cropping and making less busy, which is what I've tried to do in this new version.

 

Nevertheless, I still feel that the original version is interesting -- in the style of 19th century painting, the "extra" elements that distract the 21st century eye can be read individually, and separately from a single, whole image. Now we look for the overall composition in terms of fairly minimal lines, and expect a one-word "feeling", such as "bliss", "peace" or "still".

 

Pre-Modern art often sought to tell a narrative through multiple symbols, and the whole might be broken into sub-sections with their own composition of lines, texture, shading, etc. Certainly visual art in the past served to tell a story, often moralistic, for a largely illiterate public. In contrast, contemporary art prefers a single message, usually emotional, and sees multiple elements as extraneous and distracting.

 

Sign of the times?

 

Discuss.

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Taken on July 13, 2009