I opened the aperture right up for these hastily-convened shots. Since the backdrops were mostly quite messy the bokeh helped tidy up the surrounds.
Am I right in thinking that in commercial photography the addiction to narrow depths of fields
has left consumers conditioned to expect neatness in photographic imagery? And is this craving for simplicity and brevity of message an example of a wider trend? (Feel free to restate this in less than 140 characters.)
I remember the art director Simon Esterson once joking that the number of layout schemas for a newspaper could be counted on two hands; and on one if the other hand is busy. And photographer Michael Freeman suggests that his repertoire can be boiled down to 13 “compositional possibilities”. Perhaps such maturity is a recipe for sclerosis.
What I’m trying to convey is a suspicion that as consumers’ expectations about genres of art, design, photography, music or whatever increasingly converge with the standards being set by the creators, a point is reached where it becomes extremely difficult to be innovative without alienating people. But maybe that point is the moment it becomes necessary to to exactly that – to push consumer’s expectations away in order to have room to be interesting again. In other words, the old cliche applies: if nobody’s offended, you’re doing something wrong.
Nikkor 50mm prime lens with apertures from f1.4-f2