Sum of the parts

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  So said Aristotle.  Is it?  We think photography offers an interesting test of the maxim, but we’ll let you be the judge. Start by looking at the three photos below.

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DSC01909 - Version 3 We’re not sure if you can identify easily what you are seeing.  We thought each photo was an interesting composition on its own.  There is an air of mystery to each photo because you are certain you know what you are seeing but may not be able to put a name to what it is.  Each of these three photos is a blowup from a very small part of one photo.  Now scroll down where we have posted the original photograph that produced the three blown-up pictures.

DSC01909The image is a brown pelican, photographed on a pier in Cedar Key, FL.  This beautiful bird posed on a nearby railing, seemingly oblivious to the admirers who gathered.

So, back to the maxim  “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Maybe that is so, however, in focusing, separately, on the several parts of the whole, photography may artfully reveal to us more than we would see in that whole.  What do you think?

February 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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One Response to Sum of the parts

  1. baidanbi says:

    A very interesting exercise. I have a tendency to want to include more information in photos when often less information, less clutter really is more.

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