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I can't help it . When it comes to photographing old barns, rustic buildings, or your run-o-the-mill areas of decay, I can NEVER settle for shooting "just the building." WHY?
During eight years spent studying Fine Art Photography in University, those mean, controlling, tactless Masters Of Photography who instructed me buried into the farthest recesses of my brain that certain images are simply NOT, nor shall EVER be, Fine Art Photography. For the record, what falls into the no no's to the Fine Art Photography category include: snapsots, family album pics, trite pet pics, zoo pics, that "single lonely tree" pic, flowers, pretty faces, and, of course, anything relating to calendar quality old barns. Our hands were slapped with the intellectual equivalent of the wooden ruler any time any of us Masters students so embarked upon such overused subjects.Failing to heed such Fine Art rules subjected the offender to such intense ridicule that the error was, most oft, never repeated.
However, the Fine Art Nude is ALWAYS considered classic, welcomed and good Fine Art Photography fodder.
That being stated, what if there exists just such a cool, timeless, old barn nearby that it practically SHREIKS "Photograph me!"? Well, friends, you end up wth a photo like this one. At least, you do after eight years of University!
THIS is my solution to the shooting of the rustic, decayed, falling down, old barn. I added the classic nude. NOW, I'm in a place where I can hold my head high, and not have to bother with the rioting hoards of angry Fine Art Photogarphers who might otherwise shun both my efforts, AND this JPG category.
Here we have "The Nude in an Old, Decayed Barn."
On a personal note, I like the contrast between my round, pink human form in reddish light, compared to the sordid greys and barren look of the barn.
Also by Laura Hartley
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