Monday, February 1, 2016

Quotes and Action Steps Series (#5).“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (via Wikipedia)
Let us explore great quotes of the past and of the present to know how we can apply them to our life.
Note: Some sayings have been repeated a few times over the centuries, and from time to time we find that one quote is attributed to several different authors. 
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso


What does that mean?

Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century.
He demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas (read more here).
Although his art career spanned over a 7 decade period, Pablo Picasso is most known for his introduction of cubism, and modern approach to painting (read more here)
So Picasso learned the rules of classic art and only then he broke them and created the most innovative painting in modern art history.

Where can I apply this in my life?

Every photographer is familiar with the rules of making great photos. The rule of thirds, leading lines, contrasting and complementary colors, and other rules can be excellent guidelines on how photos should be made. Surely photographers must have at least a basic understanding of those rules.
The art of photography is the way we can push the boundaries of our own creativity. That’s why after learning the rules we can break them as long as we break them with a purpose and know exactly what we are doing.

While using your understanding of composition with personal interpretation and experimenting with different techniques you can go beyond the rules.

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