By Brian Dilg, Courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School
How can we make great images, photos that will still be looked at generations after they were made? A search for “greatest photographs” produces mostly historically significant images: war, disasters, records being broken.
Nature photographers do not typically pursue that level of drama. So can they make enduring icons? The struggle that even experts face agreeing on the “greatest” photos suggests that greatness is highly subjective.
So while an iconic quality may be elusive, I’d like to list a few qualities that make images effective without losing sight of the “gestalt”