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The Elements of Photography, 2nd Edition by Angela Faris Belt

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IMAGE © ANGELA FARIS BELT, Luna Moth.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

TO ME, PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ART OF OBSERVATION. IT’S ABOUT FINDING SOMETHING INTERESTING IN AN ORDINARY PLACE …. I’VE FOUND IT HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH THE THINGS YOU SEE AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE WAY YOU SEE THEM.—ELLIOTT ERWITT

WHAT IS THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE?

Simply stated, the image is made of three components: subject, content, and form. In fact, they constitute every work of art—including other two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, music, literature, and performance. Although the naming conventions used to describe them vary, it’s understood that subject, content, and form combine ...

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