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Doug Richards
New Zealand
Current Residence: Auckland, New Zealand
Favourite photographer: Robert Doisneau, Tony Ray-Jones
Favourite style of art: Street photography
Personal Quote: "I didn't give them hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."
We like to think that our photography is based on pure creativity and that the technical side is related to just mastering the camera and the basics of composition. But photography, like painting and sculpture, has a firm basis in math.

Composition is based on math (rule of thirds being an example) as is perspective but we also, mostly unknowingly, use basic math – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.

The following examples are drawn from my photos as I know the thought processes behind them.


An example would be when we see a scene that is pleasing to the eye. But an element is missing to make it a stronger photo. So we can either wait for that element to arrive or move position.

Surfer by DougNZ Coming Soon by DougNZ


This photo was actually taken in a hall full of hundreds of people. They were a distraction so I changed my position to aim towards the only empty part of the hall, though there were still people walking past. I timed the shot just as one person had left the frame and before another arrived. Fortunately the woman was busying texting so I had about 10 seconds, an eternity in street photography!

I subtracted using two methods – time and space.

Psalm 22 by DougNZ


 All mimics are based on this, though they usual only have two elements. Occasionally we can get three or more elements such as these groups sharing meals (though I’ve stretched that definition to include the young couple eating each others faces :)

Lunch by DougNZ Brothers by DougNZ


When done well this can be like two separate photos combined together. It looks stronger if the elements are disparate.

Untitled by DougNZ The Other Side by DougNZ

Show us examples of your photos using basic math! :)


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Brakawolf Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
You are seriously good.
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geanera Featured By Owner May 1, 2017
Thank you for all the favs Doug - I'm honoured!!!
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kristinisreal Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fave! :)
tahirlazim Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
Thank you for the fav! 
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, I just heard that Whanganui river on Northern Island is now legally recognized as a living person. Is that true?
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