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Originality And Fuzzy Concepts

Originality is a good thing, but it shouldn’t be the only goal in our photography. As Mark Bauer explains, you should concentrate on getting the aesthetics right and make the most of those moments when you manage to combine them with originality

One of the things that has been bothering me recently is the question of originality. I have noticed a trend among some photographers to try to produce work which is ‘original’. There are two parts to this movement: the first is a refusal by these photographers to shoot the well-known, iconic locations – the Corfe Castles, the Ashness Jetties, the Bamburgh Castles – and to jealously guard any ‘new’ viewpoints which they have ‘discovered’. The second is an attempt to break away from the constraints of the traditional rules of composition, rejecting the Rule of Thirds, the Golden Section and so on and, instead, produce compositions which they hope are eye-catching.

I’ve got a certain amount of sympathy with trying to guard locations. It’s easy to get a little territorial, and most of us have felt at some time or another that our images have been copied by others. But this is …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 52 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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