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Space versus Simplicity

Question: 

Thank you for curating the website for all of these years; It continues to present thoughtful photos. I keep reading and re-reading the instructions so I can tell Space and Simplicity apart. When I go to the Space gallery, I see many photos that I thought would be Simplicity. Many have a clearly defined object -- that my attention is drawn to -- against a plain background. I know that many photos could belong in different albums. Yet, could you please give some guidance, again? Thank you.

Answer: 

That's a tough one! Sometimes images are posted in the space gallery because that's the way they were submitted, and there is no other obvious gallery to post them to. That doesn't mean that they are good examples of space photos (the same is true for the other galleries).
 
The defining characteristic of a space photo is that visual space (sometimes called negative space) is the dominant element in the perception.

Order of Lessons

Question: 

Hi, I found and loved your book before I found your Facebook page and website, and I'm thrilled to have found them. I enjoy the contemplative photography method, and find the resulting photos to be quite evocative and beautiful. My questions is this ... Is it important to do the lessons and/or submit photos for the various lessons in order? I have read the entire book and have flashes of perception (at least I think I do) in several areas. I also have photos that I have taken previously that fit into various lessons ... so is order important? Thank you in advance for your thoughts and advice.

Answer: 

The purpose of the assignments is to train us to recognize the flash of perception. They are sequenced from more obvious to more subtle, making it easy for beginners to progress. That's why it's a good idea to tackle the assignments in order. Having said that, any flash of perception is a good basis for the practice and for an image. You don't have to reject any perception because it is not related to the assignment you are working on.