I came across Bell's theories a number of years ago, and they came to mind again when I was looking at some photographs I had taken of a balustrade on a bridge in Stanley Park, Blackpool. I make no great claims for the artistic merit of this picture. However, it does have some qualities that please me. I think these derive from the repetition of a pleasing shape, the contrast and texture produced by the algal growth, the colour range of the photograph, the colours and shapes made by the ripples in the water, and the difference between the defined foreground and the less substantial background.
Sometimes it's extremely hard to describe the factors that make a particular photograph or work of art appealing. But it is worth trying because it enlarges our understanding of what artists do, and can help us to make better photographs and art ourselves. And sometimes the abstruse writings of cerebral critics, surprisingly, can help us in this as well!
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen