Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Lincoln Memorial – You Don’t Have to See the Whole Thing

There are icons around the world that if you were to photograph even a small detail, it would still be easily recognized .  The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC is Certainly a member of that group.
The photographs featured in this post are a result of my visit to the Lincoln Memorial with the intention of shooting only details, and finding interesting perspectives on a subject that is photographed tens of thousands of times each day.  The challenge was to find a different way of looking at the monument.
One of the reasons I am making this post is to make the point that it is clearly not necessary to compose a photograph that includes everything you see.  In other words, it is not necessary to take a photograph that includes the entire sculpture or the entire monument.   By limiting your view finder to a small portion, your viewer is drawn into the image through the use of their imagination as it tries to complete the photograph.
I will share similar work I made at the Jefferson Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.  I also hope to share some photography that shows how limiting your field of view, even in portraiture, can result in very interesting photography.
Have fun and go make some great photography!

1 comment:

  1. I like this allows each person to finish the picture in their own mind. And, if you are one of the lucky ones to have seen most of the Washington monuments, it is easier to finish the picture.