Originally Posted by GOT!
In light of the discussion, a rule is simply a tool. The best tool is the rule. If one doesn't want to use the tools then more power to them. As for me, I'll use all the tools I can discover, understand and wield with grace.
A rule is defined as a a generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases. To take this further in this case, a rule is something that we perceive to be true in most or all cases. Since we've agreed that beauty is defined more than just the obvious shape properties (like character traits etc.) and we all seem to agree it's subjective, how is it possible to make rules? You can make rules for yourself if you feel the need to, but it's quite condescending to say that if someone ignores the rules that you or someone else have set, they are chosing to ignore a tool.
We are speaking two different languages here though I think. You guys are looking at properties and categorizing it into what human senses seems to react to. You speak of science of beauty but how can you when it's all subjective? If it's your job to explore beauty (to sell it in whatever form, photography film or whatever) then explore it and take note of what most people around you tend to take to. But always be ready to reinvent everything you think you know about beauty. From where I stand I feel that's the only way you'll evolve as an artist.
Stahlberg, I love your stuff. You're a talented artist, and I say this with the outmost respect for your work, but the images of beauty I have seen you do are quite limited within a certain range. All your beauties look very similar. I can tell your vision of beauty is different from mine. My point is you can't say I am wrong, all you can claim is that I am the exception to the rules you or someone else have established.
I haven't meant any disrespect to anyone, I just believe generalisations are pointless. If something is subjective, let people explore it for themselves. Teach them techniques (like Enayla's great eye tutorial), guide them to find their own ways.