The title here came from some comments between myself and Don Urban from (click here;) Don Urban Photography.
The general direction was photography, composition rules, and individual style.
Not even a day later this photograph was taken.
I was invited into a small, almost tiny, rural South Carolina church. Here there was nothing pretentious or gilded, it is a simple house of worship for the community. What it was is elegant.
Here I used the composition rules, lighting rules, all the ‘proper stuff’ and the result was exactly what I wanted. Personally I love the look and feel.
Now; I tested the photograph within a South Carolina historical group of photographers that document the history, in images, of the state. A big effort really.
The image fell like a rock. Few were interested and it is not being included in the state archives. I have a number of photographs in a 99 year trust there, but not this one. Oh yeah, this church and grounds are part of the US National Historic Registry.
My point of this article?
Shoot what you feel. Photography is part craft and part art.
I still love this image and the feelings it can evoke. It also reinforces that if I really like a shot… it’s doomed.