January 29, 2016

Are Photography Composition Rules Meant to Be Broken?


Today, I stumbled upon an interesting article on PetaPixel website "Why Gursky's Photo of the Rhine is the World's Most Expensive Photo" by Michael Zhang and thought I'd share it with you.
Rhein II by German photographer Andreas Gursky sold at auction for a ground-breaking $ 4.3 million.

This is the photo (ABOVE) that got me thinking about the photography rules...are they meant to be followed or broken?
You hear nature photographers talk about a number of composition rules all the time which can be applied in absolutely any situation...the "The Rule Of Thirds", "Leading Lines", "Foreground Elements of Interest", "Horizons should never be placed in the middle of the frame", etc.
The joy that comes from trying something new, releasing the fear of what others might think of your photography and even breaking the rules of composition is really amazing.

So today I thought to myself: "Hey, go ahead! It's time to start experimenting outside the rules and see where it takes you. Simply use your own judgement and capture the subject how you think it would look better best."
That being said, I believe it's safe to follow the rules when it makes sense; you need to know the rules before you can break them.

Someone once said, innovation always seems to move well beyond the conventional. Well, don't be afraid to ignore the rules when inspiration strikes!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xx

P.S. I'm so excited to have been featured on Make it Monday, the super awesome and inspiring Katherines Corner blog.

(Bottom photo by Andreas Gursky via PetaPixel.)