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Liberty derived from fundamental truism.
The visual communication form is much like the verbal communication form. Grammar provides the "rules" for sentence structure, but a best-selling book doesn't restrict itself to always using them. Rather, it finds a way to grab the reader's attention, and weave the reader along a journey to facilitate arriving at a destination (message/point) or for the pleasure of a place to journey itself. The rules are there to help us develop a construct that will yield successful delivery of our communication. If we can otherwise develop a successful construct for delivery, the rules need not be considered as binding constraint. In such cases, they may be neither a means to an end, nor the end itself.
Many a "grammar correct" book/paper have been written that present lackluster journeys, or lack an ability to clearly bring the reader to the intended destination. Yet, meanwhile a legal contract must be scrutinized over every single word and punctuation to sustain its validity intact. This, in an effort to prevent an error from rendering it technically incomplete and subsequent to being dismissed for such inaccuracy. How greatly this differs from a written masterpiece that painstakingly attends to guiding the reader along a journey with tempo and mood.
Whether we produce images for review of legal accuracy / academic correctness or we produce images that provide our viewer a journey of pleasure or destination of message is entirely our choice. Rules are tools at our disposal to aid us in our goals ... but devoid of the ability to attract and guide the viewer's journey ... they merely represent / suggest lackluster safe haven from technical scrutiny or routine errors, predicated by ones underdevelopment of the media's communication capability and potential. Rules ... a double-edged sword of safe haven and limitation.
AA was also quoted as making comparison to the score and composition in a musical corollary. Whether the medium be the words of literacy and speech, the sounds of music, the smell & taste of culinary delight, the feel of sculpture or design ... of the sight of our images ... all five of the senses endowed to our audience (self or others) afford access to the recipient's mind.
What it is that you want to convey, and how you choose to proceed to do so is totally up to each of us ... be that in a technically correct, overt, sublime, poetic, satirical, contrasting or harmonizing (the list goes on) manner & style. But in all cases, the communication is designed to reach and stimulate the mind of our audience, with some aspiring to reach the greater depths of one's heart & soul. It is a true rarity when we produce a work that can simultaneously touch all three.
BTW, I recently immersed myself into Les Miserables (Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, etc.) ... powerfully & exquisitely massaging of the mind, heart & soul ... in a multitude of manner far beyond the limitations of rules. It is a masterful piece that can truly "touch all three", for which I think it is not possible to do when one ascribes to always keep the crayons "inside the lines".