Arthur's recent thread "Details, Photography, and The Power of Less" has been silent for a few days, so I felt it best to carry over some thoughts into a new thread. "Less is only more when more is no good." --Frank Lloyd Wright Above, two of my photos: on the left a closeup (detail), on the right, a wider shot with more details and elements. I think they have a similar degree of impact but are different visions and expressions. The photographs and their styles aren't in competition. They each are what I desired to express and they convey what I want. I was moved visually at the time and can attribute that to some sort of gut response (and I believe a perhaps unformulated intention) with regard to each situation. The space Mark inhabited moved me and his accidental dress (as well as various details) when I met him seemed to play well in a room I was enthralled by. On the other hand, Juan and I were in an uninteresting environment and I found his eyes and expressiveness enticing, so that's what I went with. As per the Wright quote, there can be advantage in maintaining economy when one can. There are clearly cases where "more is no good" and the savvy photographer or artist will tune into that. That same photographer or artist will know when more is desired/necessary and may tune into that as well. Photography is well suited to many views. I doubt I'll ever explore the full range of visions that a camera has the potential to access in my hands. But I make an effort to be open to all of them. Some may prefer one of the above photos over the other. I think that's a matter of taste, not economy of detail. I know I am moved by and often really respect a quote -- for example, Wright's quote -- that captures in only a few words the essence of a grand idea. It can be powerful. Good closeup and less busy photographs can have that kind of power. The reason I like Philosophy books and discussions in addition to pithy quotes is that the immediate capturing of essence of the latter co-exists nicely with a more detailed, more wordy explanation of and argument about it. I don't think Philosophy and short quotes are aiming at the same things. I don't think Baroque and Japanese architecture are expressing something similar and I relish each for what it achieves. In the previous thread, Arthur rightfully reminded us that there's a difference between "less is more" and "seeing details that others fail to see." A good distinction. I think good photographers will sometimes see a big picture that others fail to see as well. How do you find yourself using less and more, detail and big picture, respectively in your photographs? Though you may not think about it in the moment or in advance, do you see it in your work when you look at it? Can you talk about it?