My urge to add one more piece of information about a painting doesn’t stop with their photographs. When hung on the wall, I want to add to the painting’s label “View from 18 inches” or “View at 7 feet” and put a piece of masking tape on the floor “Stand Here”. Paintings have ideal positions to show their full power. Like people.
Like people, paintings seem to have their own personalities. Sometimes a successful painting produces a scrappy photograph; conversely, a scrappy painting might look stunning in a photograph. When I post paintings on my website I am always tempted to rate the paintings on a scale from “this looks much better in real life” to “this painting doesn’t really look this good!” I don’t rate them, this being subjective and all. Of course, paintings that fall toward the right end of this continuum often never make it to the website in the first place.