Mark Power on Composition

“Photography is limited by what is in front of the camera. While its greatest strength might be a reasonably true rendition of reality, this might, conversely, be seen as a weakness. The poet, like a painter, can choose to omit anything they don’t wish to include. We photographers have a constant struggle with the specificity of the camera. Stephen Shore cannily suggested that painters (and, by extending this argument, poets too) are able to compose pictures while photographers can only structure theirs, organizing what is already there within the frame.”

- Mark Power