What makes a scenic image endure?

What makes a scenic image endure?

What makes a scenic photograph interesting enough to hold interest over time? Portraits are easily explained because the human face can register and communicate many things at once and be open to interpretation that keeps us looking. The Mona Lisa is exhibit A. But...
Marquis

Marquis

I met Marquis at a photo session at the county hospital. We needed an impromptu model to pose with a doctor and he volunteered. Afterward, I got to know him a bit and was charmed by his sweet nature and those big kind eyes. I knew I wanted to photograph him some more....
“Backwoods Bad Ass”

“Backwoods Bad Ass”

There are times when I shoot an image and think it would be way more interesting with a person in it (which is pretty much all the time). Alas, one cannot drag models along everywhere you go. Thus the fun of compositing. I shot the background image for this portrait...