Okay, let me say right off, I don’t know why I like this image, but I keep coming back to it. I saw these two windows leaning against the stone post as I drove by. I didn’t stop right then or even slow down, but the image had tripped something because a couple of miles down the road I found myself turning around to go back and make a photograph. I couldn’t explain it then and I can’t explain it now. It’s a mystery to me.
I’m going to hazard the guess that everyone reading this has at least one image that you like but you can’t explain why. Does it matter as long as you like it even if you don’t know why? But what are the implications? If you can’t explain, at least to yourself, what makes a good image, how will you know when you see one? In an earlier post I asked the question how I could make better images if I didn’t know what made them good in the first place. How would I know what to look for? Maybe we just go with our gut reactions and leave the other questions for someone else to sort out. To borrow from the King of Siam “it’s a puzzlement”.* Maybe trying to sort out these questions is a waste of time and effort. Maybe it’s best just to take the photographs and stop worrying about the rest.
*I think I remember this line being spoken by Yul Brynner in the movie “The King and I”. I’m not certain, nor am I certain why I would remember it in the first place. It’s just another puzzlement.
Pentax K10D with kit zoom processed and converted to black and white in Photoshop CS4.