Part 2: Elements of Design
Exercise 2 : The relationship between points
“Two dominant points in a frame create a dimension of distance, a measurement of part of the frame” (M. Freeman, p. 70, 2007).
With a single point the main relationship is with the frame. However, when there are two points the relationship between the two dominates the composition. Usually one point attracts more attention than the other due to its size or placement in the image for example. However, a pair of eyes attract attention equally. This exercise invites us to notice how each eye competes for attention so that one moves between the two without settling. Have you ever tried the same in real life?
The exercise suggests that we photograph the eyes last, but I wanted to put these ones first. They gazed at me unwaveringly and I can see myself reflected in them twice over. We are asked to make sure that the eyes are equidistant from the centre of the frame but, that’s another thing, eyes are rarely exactly the same size as each other, and the same usually applies to our ears, hands and feet etc.
The first part of the exercise asks for two normally occurring situations where there are two points.
Spotted through the window of a café in Corfu. Two ladies intent on their destination. I think the taller one attracts my attention the most due to the colour of her hair and her clothes. She is also nearer to the edge of the pavement.
The donkey on the left has a nice overcoat which attracts attention. S/he is also paler and larger. There is an implied triangle between them.
A study in blue. The large toilet block dominates with the block of colour but is balanced by the man, also with a blue coat, as he walks past.
Let’s end with another pair of eyes – mine this time and a self portrait so I can’t see myself reflected in them.
7th April 2011