On The Spectrum

There’s a modern nugget of photography jargon that sums up the obsession with the microscopic detail that a digital camera can render.

It’s called pixel peeping.

Most photographers can’t resist zooming in to examine the fine details that even the most basic sensor can dish up. I know I can’t.

Every time I try to quantify the value of this resolution, I know in my heart that I’m mismeasuring.

One of the finest photographers in the world is Paolo Roversi. His work is about emotion, not technique. By that I mean his exquisite craft is eclipsed by subject matter that is the epitome of beauty. When looking at his work, there’s no reason to contemplate details at the micro level.

It’s easy to think of color in similar terms.

When I see a pixel-free piece like Spectrum II by Ellsworth Kelly, I find myself unable to describe it using words.

Luckily I had a camera.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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