When you pay attention to detail, the big picture will take care of itself. ~George St-Pierre
Has this happened to you? You are standing in front of a person, place or thing that is so astounding, or so beautiful, or so massive, or so visually-overwhelming that you are at a complete loss of how to capture him/her/it with your camera. This has happened to me at Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Vatican, and most recently in Ravenna, Italy.
Here’s one way to solve this dilemma–focus on detail–our theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #54. Sometimes one or two small details can convey the big story.
To get your creative wheels spinning, I’m going to share my experience in Ravenna, a World Heritage Site south of Venice on the Adriatic Coast. It is well worth a visit because of its stunning mosaic artistry. My photos come from two locations.
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, is an artistic marvel, but it was overwhelming–as you can see in my first image. Nearly everyone in the crowd was gazing upward at the vast, dazzling expanse of intricate mosaics.
Details create the big picture.~Sanford I. Weill
Once, I decided to focus on sections of the walls and ceiling, I started to get a “grip” on the scene. I was particularly interested in the frieze of saints at the center of this image and the repetition of windows, ceiling panels, and designs.
Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.– Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian inventor, architect, artist, mathematician, scientist
In this third shot, I zoomed in even closer, capturing a section of the nave. Here you can get a better sense of the intricate, detailed, and remarkable work. Imagine that all of these designs are created out bits of colored glass (tesserae) that are less than 1 inch in diameter.
The details are not the details. They make the design. Charles Eames
The last image was shot at The Basilica of San Vitale. Here you can see a close-up of the panels arching overhead, and adorning two walls.
We look forward to seeing your responses to this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #54: Detail. The topic is open to any kind of detail–from people, places, or things. It’s totally up to you.
A special thanks to all our participants for their unique, moving, funny, and thoughtful responses to our special anniversary theme. Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I are very gratified by your enthusiasm, praise, and encouragement, which has ushered us into our second year of the LAPC. As we move forward, we are determined to select themes to help focus your creative energies and provide a welcoming environment where we can all share our work.
Have you seen these?
- Priscilla of Scillagrace chooses her friend Steve as her favorite subject.
- Ana Linden expresses her thoughts on the challenge and the values we all share as a creative community. It’s a splendid read.
- In his post, “Small but Mighty,” Hammad reminds us of an individual’s power to contribute to the greater good and make a difference in this world.
If you’re new to the challenges, click here to learn how to join us. Remember to link your post here and tag it Lens-Artists to help us find your post in the WP Reader.
Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her blog. As always, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I thank you for your support of our challenge!