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Gallery Four: Finding meaning in details

Details are the building blocks of meaning. They may be small things, but they can often represent large ideas. When I am looking for good pictures, I look first at the entire subject, and then I study its parts. I often find myself moving in to see even more. The closer I get the more potential I find for larger meaning.

I recently found an article on the web entitled "How to take good photos" by Tad Boniecki. ( Tad lists 14 keys to success. His first and most important key is "move closer." He adds "If you are interested in a detail, then just photograph it, not the whole object." It is a difficult lesson to learn -- the urge is to always give the viewer the big picture. But if detail is the point, we must exclude everything except the point at hand.

Here are some examples of how I use detail to convey meaning, generally selected from my archive of digital travel articles posted at

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.