PE - Re: Guy ropes and spokes.

j'lynn yeates jyeates at
Mon Feb 21 15:27:40 PST 2000

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-periodencampments at
> [mailto:owner-periodencampments at]On Behalf Of 
> Stephen Wyley
> It is my belief that the work of any artist must be taken with a
> gain  of salt. The depiction of guy ropes depends on the
> sophistication of  the art, the distance from the focal point of
> the work and the 
> subject of the work. Guy ropes were fidely fines lines and only 
> really needed to be shown of tents in foreground of a picture.

exactly the point i was think about ... and easy for anyone to
document.  at your next large event stand in the middle of the camp. 
note the clutter of lines and gear that surrounds you - the "noise"
of a campsite .... now hike out until you can take all of the camp
into perspective.  note that the clutter and most of the lines
previously noted have pretty much gone from the field of view. 

removing the lines from a artistic representation of that camp,
simply removes some of the visual "noise"  or "clutter" from the
composition (after all. a guy line is something so common and
widespread, that anyone familiar with the thing (tents) would
understand that they are assuumed to be there for the thing to work
as it should.

this concept was hammered home by one of my art history profs when he
was making a point about traps inherent in using such artistic
representations for such historic proofs ... artists have license and
use it frequently.    

the concept has come up time and time again when discussing such
matters in the scadian mileau ... "this is the way that it was done
becuase this painting depicts it as so" ..."

... healthy skepticism and common sense, two under-used tools of the
modern age

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