corner view ≈ imagine

consider the viewfinder. as in using both hands, mimicking a frame and there it is, your view. or use the camera's viewfinder. no camera at hand, squint your eyes to suppress surrounding rubble which helps to find the view you're looking for. it does work. finally, on paper, use a proper little {handmade} finder. any twist or turn brings up new angles, obviously. i do not use it often enough.

i've been experimenting with finding views, a process similar to making pictures. i'm a dedicated believer in making my picture inside the camera, not anywhere else. my former photography teacher's words echo pleasantly in mine ears, as soon as i set out walking and am shooting pics: "do not try and fix a bad composition. start afresh." 

coming back from my daytrip to london early last week, i threw away half of the snaps as i downloaded. no pondering nor thinking beyond the box. yes, i eliminated a first scented magnolia flower on the london wall, for it came out well bad. it had lost its allure through poor composition. a bad photo will not produce a good one, however hard you try. start afresh. 

i'm not your regular photoshop cropper, the same way i never was a dark room cropper. people sometimes ask me. do i do anything to my images? i do and i don't. bad composition in essence is a goner. light; that's a different matter. last week, i city walked in drab, grey weather and so i did colour and light infuse my images later, by applying simple PS parameters. i cut myself some slack.

with this tolerable set of images in front of me, i was trying to find other views. i was pondering cropping them down to a square format. could i make my images talk back to me that way and imagine if they would! i brewed myself a pot of coffee, listened and chopped-chippety-cropped a way through some forty snapsjane's corner view, francesca's hosting, dorte's theme.


  1. I need to take more time to compose my photos. But your teacher is so right.

  2. for me it's a great joy to see your photo's again and again.
    i do like the point you see objects, for me you take unusual angels to get a composition...
    some wise words from your teacher! at the school of art; they taught me: the art of minimalism...

  3. What ever your teacher told you fell on fertile ground, you know already that I'm a hugh fan of your unique and impressive photos and the composition you choose is key.
    barbara bee

  4. cropping is good practice for improving composition: learn to eliminate what's not needed. or, "less is more" in photography. (I shall remind myself of that! :))

  5. ;^))
    it starts with an image
    with a good composition
    and you ARE good!
    my favorite the second last
    all the white, a little black and the blue

    fine week to you!

  6. This looks like a great exercise. I'm going to give it a try!

  7. I shall walk through my day with eyes half open and view my daily life from many yogic poses, I wonder what perspectives will arise.

  8. I would like to be able to "play" a bit more with photos...but has no time and no knowledge....

  9. Words of wisdom that I will carry with me on my trip next week! (Next to a bottle of wine, of course!)

  10. it feels good to look at your pictures, they are eye catching, humourous, quirky, balanced and beautiful.
    yes , only ahead ;)
    thanks for the tips sweetie,x

  11. It annoys me to always use my camera in automatic mode ... I absolutely have to learn more!!!!!!!

  12. It annoys me to always use my camera in automatic mode ... I absolutely have to learn more!!!!!!!

  13. I love your corner views! That viewfinder! I used to do that all the time and then felt was becoming a natural thing. I think I might make myself one again and see how badly delusional I've Beautiful photos Nadine, especially love the bicycle/blue door/white walls composition. Bet you could very easily sell these photos. :D