Indeed... Although I've been thinking; how can it be late if it were never due?
They most certainly do have crazy tongues! They don't curl up though...
I am convinced that photographers are hung up on these rules and compositional concepts for just one reason: They are afraid if they let themselves go and accept that there is a limitless Universe they will cease to be "special", professional or distinct in the field of the arts. I am a fine art painter so I have no compositional hang ups at all. The rule of thirds is for wimps. A foreground, mid -ground and background is for people who can't imagine a flat plane and "Every image should tell a story" is for minstrels and troubadours! I prefer to let nature and all its complexity and simplicity speak for itself. My motto "shoot first ask questions later!"
I studied fine art painting, have an honours degree and PGCE (post graduate certificate in Education) I'm a profoundly under paid and under appreciated professional artist! I had always used photography in my fine art practice, a lot like an extension of my sketch book. Soon after I qualified as a teacher my mother's health changed and I spent the next nine or ten years looking after her. During this time I stopped painting, space and the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the process no longer existed. I needed to do something creative and the DSLR I was given for my birthday allowed me to explore a passion I had long held for macro photography. I got very good at macro, being able to find all the subjects I needed in the garden and within range of a strategically placed baby monitor.
When mum passed on in Dec 2015 I was moved to a flat and still had no room to paint as it was filled with the contents of a lifetime of stuff accumulated by a family of six in a four bedroom house! So I started shooting landscapes. My meagre teaching skills had vanished so I became a professional landscape photographer. Hey presto! In all probability the lowest paid professional photographer on the planet!
What I do doesn't really fit into any of the world views of fine art, fine art photography, photography. landscape photography or other. It stands somewhere between a whole host of things. A bit like a particle that has been entangled again and again but is currently between spinning either up or down... My dissertation for my degree appears to have prefigured the quantum state I find myself in. At the time my conflict was between my craftsman self and my fine artist self. I had no desire or need to differentiate the two but apparently they are mutually exclusive in the world of academia... "Photographers" and "Fine Art Photographers" appear to repel one another like magnets too and this leaves me in the unenviable position of being part Horse and part Goat in a world full of Wildebeests.