Creative cropping

shadow_of_dog_on_wallThis is a cropped version of Shadow Dog, photographed in Brixton one Saturday morning in winter. And here is the original image, shot on 35mm film:

Dog_and_its_shadow_in_streetI’ve already written about that morning, in another post. If you’d like to read the post, follow this link – Shadow Dog.

Sometimes a playful attitude and clear, unblinkered eyes are worth more than all the expensive, sophisticated cameras in the world.

I must confess that my own vision was foggy on this occasion. After developing the film, I made an uncropped 10″ x 8″ print of Shadow Dog and put it on a cupboard door. I sometimes wondered if I should have moved in closer, but that’s as far as I got.

For more than a year Shadow Dog was left pinned to the cupboard door. Then one day I decided to play with the image in Photoshop, cropping out everything except the shadow. Suddenly it felt as if the blinkers had fallen from my eyes. Friends agreed. When I showed them both images, side by side, they all preferred the cropped version.

What prompted me to play? I’m not sure. But printing the image and putting it on a door where I could see it definitely helped. Perhaps it freed my unconscious to play.

What do you think? Have you had any similar experiences that you’d like to share?

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