Halsman’s fourth rule – the missing feature
I find myself more and more looking into the past for inspiration for my photographs. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sunset like the rest of ’em but there is something about simplicity that I am really attracted to.
Of course, what the early photographers did was far from simple. They didn’t have Photoshop or amazing studio lighting and fancy SLR cameras to create the effects that they did. They had imagination and creativity and spent long hours pushing the boundaries of what could be achieved in the dark room. They were responsible for what all the sliders and buttons in editing suits can now create in moments. I think that it is only fitting that now we have these amazing tools that assist us with our post processing that we should look back and pay tribute to the past masters who provided that inspiration in the first place.
I like photographing my children and I have many standard and normal photographs of them but I also like the unconventional when it comes to photography, stripping it back so to speak.
Philippe Halsman is one of my favorite past photographers and whilst I am of course not comparing my photograph to his I have applied my own interpretation of the fouth of his six rules ‘The missing feature’. The idea behind it is that that you go against the conventional in order to draw in the viewer. They may not like what they see but they are likely to be drawn in anyway.
I study old photographs carefully because I think you can learn an awful lot from them in both story and composition and if you like that sort of thing then you will not go far wrong spending a few hours pouring over this page https://www.facebook.com/Bardia.Photography there is a mix of photography new and old that will captivate you for many hours.
The above photograph was taken a relatively dark environment with light provided by candles and a small lamp. I removed some noise, converted it to black and white. Increased the contrast and adjusted the curves slightly.