Yep – it’s compromise. Why? If photography/art wasn’t about compromise it would be precise – like science. And while there is certainly a scientific component to photography, it’s the compromise that makes it art.
Art is about tradeoffs. What did you decide to include in the picture and as a result, what did you exclude? Did you decide to hold detail in the highlights or the shadows? Did you use a shallow depth-of-field to bring the viewer’s eye deeper into the shot and if so, what part of the original scene didn’t they get to see?
What makes art special is it’s a celebration of these compromises and trade-offs. We revel in the thing that the picture reveals without thinking about what it does not.
There is no art without compromise. Then you have only science.
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