Order is half the battle

Photographs are taken to be looked at - either by yourself or by an audience small or large. Here, I would like to suggest something that can improve the viewing experience for your audience: ORDER.
Order is half the battle (or half the life as the German proverb suggests) of many things related to your photography. Order is half the battle when you try to retrieve a specific photograph from the depths of your hard drive, but more importantly also improves the viewing experience for your audience. Galleries comprised of unique photographs with a unifying theme help the viewer appreciate your vision.
Our brain detects and memorizes ordered patterns and structures. Therefore, a photo gallery makes a greater and more memorable impression if a unifying theme is immediately recognizable. In contrast,  the viewer will be bored and distracted by too many variations of the same. In too broadly defined galleries, the photographs will seem unrelated, random shots of whatever came in front of your lens, while too narrowly defined themes harbor the danger of look-alike compositions that will not be appreciable on their own.
Shadow triangles 1
Light & shadow on a facade in Hong Kong

Sometimes I have difficulties delineating and defining photography themes and to find the happy medium between too narrow and too broad. I try to break up the classical themes such as "landscapes" or "cityscapes" into smaller and more defined themes and to show only a small selection, a kind of portfolio, for each theme in the primary gallery (a maximum of 12 photographs in my galleries). Currently, the publicly listed order on floriansphotos is the following:

I hope you enjoy and wish you a good weekend,


2012/05/20 by Unknown
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