James Patrick praised the work of H P
Robinson, and said that it was not always necessary to keep the sun behind
the camera. Some of the most pictorial and suggestive photographs
that he had ever seen had been taken with the sun in front of the lens.
He said it was the quality of light and
composition that create a picture, and not excessive sharpness as many
would have us believe. He said that in buying a photograph, most
people wanted it to be an exact representation of the scene, clear and
sharp in every detail - in short, an imitation.
He said that photography should have a higher
aim, that can be seen by viewing the best work in photographic
exhibitions. It should appeal to our feelings in as lively manner as
a Turner or a Constable.
In order to produce such images, the
photographer should study the works of great artists. The
photographer (or painter or poet) should be in touch with nature,
understand what is truly beautiful in nature and be ruled by his