Camera Position 157 : The Elements and Principles of Art

One of the four steps of achieving true critique of a work of art is analysis and doing that analysis requires applying the elements and principles of art. In this episode, we look at what those elements and principles are so we can employ them in true critique of our photographs.

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8 thoughts on “Camera Position 157 : The Elements and Principles of Art”

  1. Wonderful episode Jeff. Would “emotional content” be considered some of the element or principles in art? I’m assuming yes but you were focusing more on the visual properties of art in this episode. I’m really enjoying your podcast, do you have any other recommendations for podcasts’ that covers the art of photography besides Ted Forbes channel?

  2. Thanks, David!
    Good question on emotional content… I’d look at emotional content in terms of the 4 steps of critique that were featured a couple of episodes ago. Those steps of critique sort of presume that you’re looking at the visuals, at least at first, which is why the elements and principles feature in so prominently into step 2 – analyze. Emotion probably comes into play with the “interpret” and “evaluate” steps.

    I like Brooks Jensen’s podcast about photography and I also think Ibarionex Perello’s Candid Frame podcast – interviews with photographers – is a good one as it gives you insight into how photographers think.

  3. Thanks muchly for the links, especially for the Lens Culture one.

    I had no idea where to submit my work, as it is a bit offbeat.

    I’ve enjoyed your podcasts for some time now, beginning with your history of photography lectures. I’ve lost count of how often I’ve listened to them. 🙂


  4. Thanks for the comment, Carol-Lynn! As I have always said, if you don’t enter (or submit, or send, etc) your work, you have a 100% chance of not getting the work shown! 🙂

    Keep working!

  5. Thanks again Jeff.
    Your podcasts often inspire me.
    My work is mostly B&W and IR, and, pretty much, just captures ‘my world’ here in Maine.
    I’ve just gotten the courage up to post some of it online.
    I expect I should do a website, but that’s such a challenge.
    Here’s a link.
    Most of this batch dates from May –> July 2015.

  6. Great stuff, Carol-Lynn! There are some wonderful moments and even better, amazing juxtapositions that take advantage of the camera’s 2D view of the 3D world.
    Thanks for sharing it here with the Camera Position audience!

  7. Thank you, Jeff, for your feedback on my photos.
    I think you’re the first person (other than a couple of my female friends, one who says: “I feel as if I’m looking at a new/old issue of LIFE magazine when I see your work”) who’s figured out what I’m trying to do .

    Not so long ago you talked about photos of children taken by their parent/photographers. I’ve a little story here:
    My house is just about 50 miles (that’s an hour and a half to the Maine Coast) from Rockport and the Maine Media Workshops. For around 30 years I’ve taken workshops with and interacted (at meals) with a bunch of accomplished photographers. I can’t afford the workshops now (when it was the Maine Photographic Workshops they had a loophole wherein if a class is not filled the Friday before it starts — on Saturday morning — and one were willing to commute, one could take the class at half price. This is how I took so many workshops. On Monday and Tuesday nights during the summer workshops they host lectures in the Rockport Opera House by some of the people giving workshops that week. I often drive the three hour round trip to hear them.

    Anyhow, this year they put together a book called EXQUISITE CORPSE and asked 100 people connected with the workshops to contribute a photo to it. The way the EXQUISITE CORPSE (an old Surrealist game) goes is that one has to respond within a day to the preceding work in the book.
    The MMWC (Maine Media Workshops and College) book was published the last of June 2015.

    My work is at #05.53 in the video.
    It is a photograph taken with a Soviet FED MICRON half-frame (72 images on a 36 image roll of film) camera from about 1960.
    The person in the photo is my little grand daughter Penelope Beatrix.

    Oh! One other bit.
    You mentioned about ‘getting your work out.’
    This has not — until now — been one of my photographic life skills.

    Last week I took advantage of a sale at Nations Lab and had them print 75 of my photos — most of which I’ve shot since May of this year; some are on the above-referenced photo site from Sweden. This past Saturday night, my friend Claire and I attended a concert (good thing we went, too, as we were pretty much the only ones there) of a local singer/songwriter. This was in a new café on Main Street, and I brought a box with me in which I’d put the new prints for her to eyeball whist we listened.
    She kept making good noises about them so the owner came by and took a look. He asked “So why are your photographs not on my walls?”
    I sent him that link to the Swedish site and my photos and, this morning I ran into him as I was taking MORE photos of Main Street; ones with early morning light. I’ll be having my first show at Café 130 in Winthrop, Maine, starting September first. They’ll, of course, all be my visions of Winthrop.
    I expect my way of seeing photographically has a lot to do with my dyslexia. I’ve read that dyslexic people see best in a wide-angle way and that the center of their vision isn’t where their attention lies. This certainly applies to me.
    Some say I’m “all over the place.”
    I prefer to say I see “wide-angled.”

    Thanks again for your feedback.
    As always, you inspire me.


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