So said the very wide-hipped Asian woman aged 50-60 who walked past me on Folsom near 16th Street today. She walked with her right arm stiff and trailing behind herself, leaning forward with her jaw tilted as far up as possible. Who knows? I photograph subjects that everyone else ignores; perhaps the subject is uninteresting. See for yourself (iPhone 4, unedited but for an 8×10 crop). Please do not think that I seek to compel you to compliment me; if you don’t like it, I encourage you to say so and say why.
What do you think? Uninteresting or not?
Let’s pretend for a moment that I did create a work of beauty, and ignore the question of whether this photo is good, bad or indifferent. What makes it beautiful? I have speculated on this before and have formulated four hypotheses why:
- The object was always beautiful; I saw the beauty first.
- The object is not beautiful except for a once-in-a-lifetime perfect setting; I simply got lucky and walked past at the right time.
- The object did contain the elements of beauty, but needed someone to capture them.
- The object is beautiful only because I say so.
Thoughts, speculations, guesses, counterarguments welcome.
Vonn Scott Bair