Photograph above taken at an American Red Cross smoke alarm install event with a Leica M240
Why I Wrote a User's Guide for Artists and Photographers (The information previously available in The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist has been transferred to this website and listed under "Tips and Techniques" at the top of the menu bar. To download the Table of Contents PDF and the associated website links, click here).
The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist evolved from my personal and professional experience as a photographer, master level darkroom technician, and graphic designer. After years of applying the same "popular" rules of composition to my images and designs, I reached a point in my artistic career where I was no longer able to improve my portfolio regardless of how much time and money I invested in photography workshops, photography books, and high-end camera equipment.
Realizing I was getting nowhere with the Rule of Thirds, the Rule of Odds, the Rule of Space, and Leading Lines, I began an intensive search for any information I could find on real design principles. I read every art and design book I could get my hands on and spent endless days and nights analyzing over five thousand works of art. The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist is a series of personal analytical notes that reflect this ten-year study.
By sharing this collection of analytical notes with other artists and photographers, I hope to save them years of frustration and wasted time as well as put them on the most productive path for improving their lifetime body of work. While other books written on Dynamic Symmetry tend to focus solely on one system of design, The Art of Composition: A Dynamic Symmetry User's Guide for the Modern Artist covers a more extensive variety of composition techniques that the modern artist and photographer can apply to their art based on their own visual appetite.