December 12th, 2010


What is a good photo?

When I was in Petra, i posted this photo of a Bedouin boy playing in the rocks.

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Everyone loved it and several commented that it was National Geographic material, a compliment which I appreciate but disagree with. I took several images of the boy and his siblings playing, jumping from the rocks into a sand pile. I chose the above to post because I thought most people would like it best, but this second one is actually my favorite.

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I think it is much more interesting as a photo. As with a book or movie, sometimes it is better not to tell everything with a photograph. It is nice to have a little mystery, room for the viewer to make up their own story.

Plus I just like the composition of this one.