The little details and the big picture

I think nothing is more boring than to spend your time figuring out how to make a thing absolutely beautifully. I think you should make a thing as well as you need to make it, to make it carry across the thing you’re trying to make clear and no better.   . . . If you get interested in the making more than in the thing you’re making . . . then you’re becoming a craftsman. And a craftsman is fine but an artist is a different creature . . . The worst possible thing you can do is to waste your energy trying to get all the little tiny bits and pieces right because when you get all those right the important things are wrong. So whenever I make something I just try to get the big issues roughly correct. I have no interest in getting the little things all precise. . . .                 Richard Benson (American photographer and printer of photographs) (from here)

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