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Preconceptions


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A photographic preconception is a preformed opinion we have about photography and results because we automatically follow rules. From the photographs we have always seen, we evolve definite ideas of how a subject should be portrayed: In focus, unobscured, easily identifiable, idealized… Therefore, at the sight of a pretty flower, a cute face, or any other photographic bait, preconceptions wheel in unison like a school of mackerel and carry you along unawares. Elusive and intangible, they always agree, never complain, never criticize. They make photography a breeze. They free you from the sweat of thought, liberate you from the mental calisthenics that leave your mind sore and your immagination flourish…

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