All the small things

Sunday, October 11, 2009
Soy beans in Mississippi County. (Kit Doyle)

"I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex."

~ Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

It is often easy to overlook the small, seemingly simple things. The big picture can be overpowering when trying to tell a story visually. However, sometimes the simple details bring out the most interesting aspects of a topic.

The hair on a soybean as opposed to expansive fields; a small bug on a rose instead of the variety of colors at Capaha Park; a spider web rather than the trail at Arena Park.

"You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness -- ignorance, credulity -- helps your enjoyment of these things."

A spider web at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. (Kit Doyle)

~ Walt Whitman

I don't purport to know too much. So a simple approach to photography can tell a complex story. Involving too many whistles and bells can derail the emphasis. That being said ... it's probably best to have a little of both: detail and overall.

By Kit Doyle

"What I dream of is an art of balance."

~ Henri Matisse

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