One of my High School English teachers said, “the essence of writing is crossing out.” I think the essence of photography is cropping out. Eliminate all that doesn’t contribute to the story. Be ruthless.
Some of the cropping happens before releasing the shutter, some happens in processing. What happens, in my case, is further recognition of non-essential elements. But, had I not cropped what I knew was non-essential when there I might not have seen what more needed to come out.
Love, and creative destruction.