My thinking for this assignment has been based on Michael Freeman’s words ‘…it is usually better to err on the side of doing something unusual than to be predictable.’ I am aware that colour can often overwhelm other important design components in an image, but I have included strong colour in a couple of my images because it plays an important role in identifying the elements.
In this shot the eye is immediately drawn to the single point – the light. By nature we humans can be a little wary of the dark, therefore the light is a natural pull, potentially offering warmth and safety. The subject is not instantly recognisable, therefore the delay causes the viewer to linger longer. The shot clearly displays Gestalt’s Principle of Segregation “In order for a figure to be perceived it must stand out from it’s background”.
I included this shot for its strong sense of lines and shapes and I like what it represents. The perspective slightly exaggerates the high-rise grey buildings looming large over the competing brightly coloured sign. The sharp contrast in colour makes the sign a clear single point. Although the buildings give a strong impression of rising above the ground, the wording on the sign makes one realise something else is going on deep below ground.
This image clearly conveys two points. The strength of the shot is enhanced by the fact that the two poles are of a bright colour. I positioned myself so that the poles would be displayed in a diagonal format in the frame adding depth to the image.
Several points in a deliberate shape
The several points in this shot imply a triangle. The focus is wholly on the shape it creates rather than the surroundings stones. The shot was produced by standing close up against the stone wall and angling the camera upwards. There were several rows of horizontal stones protruding from the wall, but by careful selection and composition I was able to create the effect.
Combination of vertical and horizontal lines
This photo is strong because it shows the reversal of the norm. Horizontal lines are normally seen as a base providing strength, support and stability. Here they are less easy on the eye and appear almost fragile compared to the verticals, which in this shot have the more powerful role and are additionally supported by the horizontals just seen beneath the struts.
I have been looking at the work of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, in particular “Shadows in an Alleyway” where shadow and light play a key role. In my shot, lighting and placement in the frame strongly convey the impact of vertical and horizontal lines. Repeated vertical lines are portrayed in a true sense of strength – as pillars. Horizontal bands of light run across the floor and light reflects on to the rear wall – highlighting the horizontal pointing. The light and the man (with his white shirt and white paper butty bag!) draws the eye into the photo.
I want to include this image of Christmas tree saplings because the impact is so strong. The horizontal lines hit the eye first, followed closely by the rows of verticals converging to the back of the frame.
This image conveys a bold design of strong diagonals. The eye is forced to criss-cross from one side of the frame to the other. I like the way the reflecting white framework underlines the darker wood adding definition.
This sculpture in Belfast city centre was shot from a very low angle to capture the sweeping curves of the structure. I positioned myself so as to include the architecturally curved building in the background. I chose late evening to take advantage of the lighting effects against the black sky.
Definite curves portrayed through shadow and light. The viewer can visualise the continuum of the curves outside the frame. Here I had to consider my angle to get the best impact of the curves and ensure my own shadow was not in the frame.
Distinct, even if irregular, shapes
The strength in this shot is the effect of perspective. Shot from a bridge with a wide-angle lens pointing the camera downwards, it shows a mix of regular (triangle and rectangles) and irregular shapes. The curved “enclosure” to the right dominates the frame and arouses curiosity.
The strength in this shot lies in the way the eye is drawn into the image. It attempts to follow the figure heading towards the apex of the implied triangle. The graffiti on the walls implies messy and unruly chaos. The neatness of the “triangle” with it’s converging lines disappearing in the distance, restores some order to the image.
This arrangement of the three young men uses the outline of their bodies to form a triangle. It is a stable yet relaxed image and is visually pleasing in the otherwise untidy setting of the street market.
This example of rhythm shows clear syncopation. The fact that the “beat” rises to the top right corner of the frame gives the sense of an increase in pitch, therefore producing higher notes!
My other candidate for rhythm conveys good continuation and repetition from left to right. The image reminds me of a heavier version of wooden wind chimes or tribal musical instruments, with “bracelets” of seeds or beads that rattle and rustle when shaken. For me the optical sound would be a deep, hollow rattle.
This image conveys a regular pattern. By nature it is a static image, but I chose it because on closer look the viewer will see that each tile varies in detail, each figure telling a story. Thus creating and maintaining interest.