I can’t say that I entirely trust my instincts as a photographer. After all, I have many, many (many) photos that don’t look like anything, even though I was sure when shooting them that there *was* something there. Something quite stunning.
As my genuinely puzzled photo reviewer said, albeit more gently than the words suggest,
(“in God’s name” unsaid but understood)
were you taking a picture of?
OK, this way doesn’t work. Nor do many of the other ways I’ve tried to photograph the emotional effect of light.
That’s why it’s so satisfying to take a photo (even with my phone) of something that catches my attention, and to play around with it later and see why.
The zoom matters. A beach that is pedestrian at ground level can be a breathtaking vista when viewed from a drone, I bet. And an old, ugly, cracked window can be intricately beautiful when peered at closely, I now know.
To paraphrase for our purposes here . . .
Everything is beautiful if viewed aright.
If it’s not beautiful, the view is not yet right.