Or is it 'God is in the details'? I'm not quite sure.
In my drawings and paintings I tend to gloss over the details, I defocus them with washes of paint, desaturate them with a coat of graphite and sometimes just take them out. A viewer must understand the main point of the picture and whatever is not directly related to it, is simply unimportant and must be taken out! Though, sometimes I wonder if something is lost after so much cutting out, have I stripped the message too far? Will the audience understand the thought process with the bare minimal? Or will they feel like it is too 'dumbed down'?
But in photography I revel in the minute and unnoticed! I love to compose the shot, defocus the background, experiment with the exposure, move around for different lighting, mess with the ISO, then shutter speed, focus, re-focus, re-compose the shot, ... etc, etc. I love moving around an object to capture different light, different compositions, different shapes. I love the way high key, black and white photos can expose patterns your eye normally doesn't spot in color. I am highlighting the details and it often feels like making miniature paintings. So far, that is one of the main joys of photography!