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Thread: What does "formal" mean to you?

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    Nice to have an expert chime in finally. Sooooooo .... (rhymes with mooooo), John, since you own a Stetson cowbody hat you should be able to answer this, what
    Zone do you place a black Angus on versus a pale Brahma?

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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Nice to have an expert chime in finally. Sooooooo .... (rhymes with mooooo), John, since you own a Stetson cowbody hat you should be able to answer this, what
    Zone do you place a black Angus on versus a pale Brahma?
    LOL! If they're bulls, I want them to be in a different zone (pasture) than me.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    There is an analogy with how people chose their clothes, there is formal style and there is casual style and there is a lot in between. I think it is a helpful analogy because both clothes and pictures are about appearances, sometimes they can be revealing and sometimes deceitful.

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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted R View Post
    There is an analogy with how people chose their clothes, there is formal style and there is casual style and there is a lot in between. I think it is a helpful analogy because both clothes and pictures are about appearances, sometimes they can be revealing and sometimes deceitful.
    Also what you wear that looks good in your country if you wore it in another part of the world they would laugh at you!

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    Re: What does "formal" mean to you?

    Concerning my photography, I never have had much in mind words like "formal", and I don't know if it is formal from time to time, or everytime - but after reading this thread, this word seems to lurk beyond every corner, so I may think a bit about "formal"...

    The Back cover of Shinzo Maeda's fantastic book "Grass and Trees" describes things like complete landscapes or solitaire plants, blowing and fading, structures and flowing movements as content and formal parts of Maedas landscapes.

    So to me, separating content and "formal" seems to be tricky, it looks like they are working hand in hand.

    If Maeda's pictures are qoted as formal, I can't find them boring, au contraire !

    While thinking now about "formal" - it may be the opposite of "artistic" ?
    But I find Maeda's work artistic, too...

    Ritchie

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