|Copy Machine - Mojave, California|
"A creative photographer is one who either captures mystery or reveals things, everything else is useless" --Raghu RaiRaghu was right: the only successful photographs for the artist photographer are ones which captures mystery or reveals things (or both). Mystery and revelation are the two types of photographs which one should pursue.
Capturing mystery is difficult to do, mostly because it can be tough to define. Mystery is abstract (mysterious photographs may or may not be abstract, it is the concept that is abstract). Mysterious photographs may be of subjects that the viewer is very familiar with, but there is something peculiar or enigmatic about the scene or in how the scene was captured that is out of the ordinary.
|On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California|
The take away here is to look for opportunities to create mysterious or revealing images. You should be thinking about this as you approach the subject. How can I make a revealing photograph here? Or, what is mysterious about this scene? Combined with vision, creativity and the decisive moment, this is how one creates successful images.