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LET THE VIEWER DRAW THE CONCLUSION

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

As law school students, we were taught a trial technique that says you shouldn’t ask that final question, or make that final statement of the obvious.  Rather, lead the jury up to the inevitable conclusion and let them draw it themselves.

In photography, a similar principal often applies.  Sometimes leaving enough of a subject in the photograph so the viewer knows intuitively what it is, is more dramatic than just placing a subject front and center.  And sometimes, the subject of the photograph is not necessarily the object being suggested.

In these Balloon shots, I wanted to depict the process of ballooning, highlighting the occupants and the basket, and the colors and shape of the balloon fabric.  The viewer intuitively understands these are photographs about hot air balloons.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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2 Responses

  1. Cool balloon shots Andy. My wife and I went up in one many years ago, what a great way to see the landscape.

    On interpretation, sometimes you need to guide people a little more than you would like. After all, as a lawyer, there are some conclusions you don’t want to be drawn I suppose. 🙂

  2. Thanks Mark: True enough about the conclusions. Sometimes we want our photographs to “in your face.” Other times, I think what I said works. Its the beauty of being behind the lens — we get to choose!

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