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Re: Art and Technology
Arthur, I won't be subscribing to your list. Not because I am not interested
in that aspect of planted aquariums (I am - very!) but because I am limited
in the amount of time I can spend on the computer.
Can I make an alternate suggestion? How about if we just use this list? For
example, Robert H. often posts about new plants. People usually respond with
how they grew it under such-and-such conditions and it got this big, or
reproduced in this way, or whether it needs certain nutrients, or something
like that. How about if, next time someone posts something like that, you or
one of the other aesthetically talented people reply with something like,
"that plant would make a nice foreground accent under these circumstances"
or "that plant would be a nice contrast to (or compliment to) a group of
Similarly, people often post pictures of their tank because they are having
a problem with algae. What if you took that opportunity to praise a design
element in the tank? Then I could look at my own tank, and maybe get an idea
for a way to improve it. I realize this is a piecemeal approach, and could
lead to tanks which look like a bunch of nicely designed and balanced
sections all shoved together, but hopefully over the course of time our own
artistic talents would be developing enough to see how to harmonize the
My own tank is far from beautiful at this point, both due fighting with
algae and a lack of artistic sensibility on my part, so I am not going to
post pics of them asking for analysis - I don't need to be told that I suck!
But I can and do learn from seeing other people's tanks and especially from
hearing people discuss what is RIGHT about them. Rather than say we all suck
and challenge us to raise the level (which I, for one, have NO IDEA how to
do, even after studying picture after picture of beautiful tanks), how about
being the "Tom Barr" of aesthetics, pointing out over and over what makes a
particular tank work design-wise, just as he does with the science?
Just a thought -
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