The best photo strikes the eye as the right chord strikes the ear.

Article Dedication

in honor of

Emily Hahn & John Stezaker

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“The best photo strikes the eye as the right chord strikes the ear.”

Marc Riboud

Can’t decide on which one of your machinegun shots is best? Do you shoot your street photography on video and then pick from one of the 72,000 frames? (That is what one camera fondler on the photo forums wanted to do.)

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/the-camera-fondlers-delight-pimping-their-cam/

Composition can make or break a photograph. Composition will help you separate the keepers from the trash.

A still photo is not like a movie. The still photo must capture the attention of the viewer as well as say something that is remarkable and worthy of study in one frame. Why would any photog not want to create strong work?

We have tools as photographers that we can use to call attention to our image.  We all use some of these tools to one degree or another….high or low contrast, HDR, grain, color whether muted, bold or selective, BW, sharpness, diffusion, composition, bokeh, lighting, subject matter, etc.

But, just shooting extreme photos does not make them an iconic or great pix. There are certain rules that help a photo have a flow and poetic symmetry. Although, rules are made to be broken…shoot your pix from the heart and not from some rule book.

Here are some of my ‘extreme photos’ and some of the composition rules I used or rules I broke, in making them.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.18 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

A textbook example of diagonal leading line composition.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.6 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

A textbook example of triangular composition.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.25 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

A textbook example of motion blur in relation to camera distance.

21Whoop-Whoop 21 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of circular composition.

Stripper on Rooftop copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of centered composition.

22Whoop-Whoop 123 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr (4)

An example of mountain peak composition.

Uncertain Future copyright 2005 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of broken pattern composition.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.13 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of juxtaposed composition.

37th annual Minstral Show copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of balanced composition.

Bangkok Taxi Copyright 1982 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of framed composition.

Whimsical Composition copyright 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr v42

An example of a whimsical composition.

Homage to Weegee 2012 copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of selective color composition.

Imagine That! copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of a self-portrait shadow composition.

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An example of full frame composition.

Wheeling Suspension Bridge' Copyright 2013 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of tilt-shift composition.

Makes Me Grateful for My Bed Copyright 1971 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of simplified composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of leaving space composition.

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An example of center weighted rule of thirds composition.

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An example of panoramic composition.

Train Tracks cop[yright 1972 Danewil D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of curved converging lines composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of suppressed background composition.

Juggalos Project Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of layered composition.

Catholic Statuary 2013 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of symmetrical composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of off symmetry composition.

Titty Beads copyright 2014 Dnaiel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of composition incorporating signage.

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An example of circular fisheye composition.

Social Documentary copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr (5)

An example of shallow depth of field.

20Whoop-Whoop 81 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of a mystery composition.

Crazy Copyright 1975 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of chiaroscuro.

Steeplechase 2005 Copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of motion blur.

Santa Monica Copyright 1984 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of telephoto compression.

21 De Wallen Artists' Book Copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of silhouette composition.

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Breaking the rules – Wide angle distortion.

Selection from Bikers Mardi Gras copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Crooked composition.

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Breaking the rules – Grab hip shot.

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Breaking the rules – Exaggerated vignette.

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Breaking the rules – Low angle shot.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Upside down composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Cutting the feet off.

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Breaking the rules – Infrared

Barbara LeMay coptright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Toned and grain.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.22 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Negative reversal toned.

26 De Wallen Artists' Book Copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr.

Breaking the rules – Incorporating empty center space.

Hakenkreuz in a Dress Copyright 1973 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Extreme processing.

The Kiss Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Fast, overhead, unframed grab shot.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Grainy…blurry.

Plane Worshipers copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Shooting into the sun.

BMG selection copyright 2014 Daniel d. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Collage storytelling.

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Breaking the rules – Grunge HDR

Young Girl and Babydoll copyright 1972 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Shot from behind

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Breaking the rules – Single image HDR.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.9 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Hyper-real HDR

PD Project Daniel D. Teoli Jr. G300 mr

Breaking the rules – Infrared Flash

Mike Busey 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Using LED flashlight for illumination.

In the Shadow of City Hall V25 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Shot through the car windshield while driving.

NYE Piercing Darkness Infrared Flash 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – There are no GD rules…there are only great photographs!

Now, extreme work does not always work in a good way for the artist. Extreme work can also get you labeled ‘not fit for exhibition.’ In my case I’m censored and snubbed left and right. While I wish more of my work was exhibited, I’d rather be true to my work and produce authentic photography rather than fudging it up trying to fit commercial and censorships demands.

Let me give you an example of how putting money over art can hurt the project. When Scorsese did the movie Taxi Driver he was told the bright red blood was too gory by the censors. I don’t know whether he was shooting for a NC-17 the way the movie was shot. But to get the ‘R’ rating he had to de-saturate the blood into  a brownish, watery pitiful excuse for blood. Over time the original master seems to be lost, as even the Blu-ray DVD has never fixed the problem with the blood.

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Photographs used herewith are from the following limited edition artists’ books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Peephole: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A. – 2013

Portfolio: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A. – 2013
Twenty-six Roadkills – 2013

Encyclopedia of Photographic & Fine Art Ink Jet-
Printing Media – 12 Volume Set – 2014

Bikers’ Mardi Gras – 2015

Gender Benders from the 1970’s – 2015

De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Red Light District – 2015

180 – The Circular Fisheye at Large – 2016

Piercing Darkness – 2016 *

The Americans…60 years after Frank – 2016 *

Whoop-Whoop – Forthcoming

Secrets of Candid Photography  – Forthcoming

*Projects under consideration for a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship

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YesYesYes…photography is like that and there’s no maybes. All the maybes go to the trash. There is a tremendous enjoyment in saying yes, even if it is for something you hate. It is an affirmation…Yes!” ~ Cartier-Bresson

De Wallen Graffiti copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.