"One of the things Bob always talked about was staying in the wide whenever you can show the world."
—David Simon, Executive Producer and Head Writer of the HBO show "The Wire," talking about his co-producer for seasons one and two, the late Robert Colesberry, who set the directorial "look" of the show. Simon was talking about how TV often doesn't show much context, and how Colesberry liked to stay with wide-angle shots when he could. From one of the commentary features included with the DVD set. Simon mentions Colesberry's prediliction to "stay in the wide" numerous times in his commentaries.
(Just thought I should go and find this after mentioning it in the previous post.)
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Hudson: "I work with a lot of historic photos, and a common joke/comment among the staff and researchers is 'if he had just taken two steps back before taking the picture....'"
Ben Wilkes: "I think the Colesberry rule is most useful against the kind of camera-club criticism that wants to remove all secondary and tertiary elements from any composition, in the name of 'removing distractions' and 'distilling the essence' of the image. Personally, I like an image that makes my eye wander around the frame. Nothing wrong with a subject that is clear and self-sufficient, but I would be more likely to hang one that made me rethink its implied relationships a few times."