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Painters have it easy

2014.09.02
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One of the many things I envy about painters is that they can include only what they want. I think this is what prompted David Bailey to say: "Compared to photographers, artists have it easy". This got me into a lot of trouble some time ago with a PB member and painter.

I'm fairly sure a painter wouldn't include the collection of toiletries on the left or that bloody irritating sink unit, but a camera captures everything. Unfortunately, I can't paint or draw and I don't like editing bits out of a picture.


I'm pretty sure I misquoted Bailey. This is what I found he said (perhaps it's the revised version after he got into even more trouble than I did):

"Actually, it takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary."
"Face" (London), December 1984, found in photographyquotes.com
7 Comments
marilynx What does it matter?
The lady 's clearly not for turning!
A beautifully balanced composition - now let her dry herself!
You photograph women with great understanding - I really admire this quality in you.
Long may it last.
marilynx · 2014-09-02: 04:29
pcmcgarry Surely you could have taken the toiletries out first and not many bathrooms don't have a sink unit. You do show a good understanding when photographing women and you don't get the problem of strange overly long arms and funny looking hands you see in some paintings. A very pleasant shot to see first thing on my birthday.
pcmcgarry · 2014-09-02: 04:40
angil I like the way you've tried to hidden the superfluous things under a veil of fog. But, no one is looking at the sink unit anyway.
angil · 2014-09-02: 05:00
MoMac LOL at angil's comment .
Putting it this way I see your point now , if this was a spur of the moment shot that is , otherwise that stool could have been moved easily surely and your "model"(girlfriend) placed nearer the skylight, so as to miss out the sink unit.
Sensual capture.
MoMac · 2014-09-02: 05:07
popparatzee Maybe its just me, but I'm a stickler for details when I paint. I would have included every single thing there in a sketch or a painting.also, I dont think I've seen anyone analyze photos of women they way you do yours. It makes.me look a second time as well.
popparatzee · 2014-09-02: 07:50
StillBill What toiletries ?? What sink ?? Fantastic shot.
StillBill · 2014-09-02: 09:01
SADHYA I love all the little details. This is how bathrooms are. This is honest.
Do you know the wonderful bathroom scenes of Pierre Bonnard. They blow my towel off.
SADHYA · 2014-09-02: 09:25
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