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Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin

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Impressions I, II, III, Rideau County, Ontario, 2011

SO MUCH OF WHAT I’VE TALKED ABOUT to this point has been very literal. We’ve discussed language in descriptive terms, but not all expression is so literal or descriptive—least of all photographic expression. There is incredible latitude in the tools of our craft to pursue abstracts or impressionism. “Impressions I, II, and III” were made to explore these possibilities.

Never having been an art history student, I’ve learned most of what I know by visiting galleries and looking at work that resonates with me. Impressionists have always pulled me, I think, because it’s clear they were unconcerned about the question that dogs photographers who pursue expression over documentation, specifically, ...

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