January 2009

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The Architecture of an Image

Most people have heard of  RULE OF THIRDS  when used to describe composition.

However an image can be built by the items listed below in isolation or in combination.

LINE

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SHAPE

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VOLUME = Shape with depth.

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PERSPECTIVE – Line with vanishing point.

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PERSPECTIVE – Point of view. Depth of Field. Focus.

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LIGHT

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MONOTONE

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SYMMETRY

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Picture for Exercise One

Behind the Gare St. Lazare by Henri Cartier Bresson

Jim Harrison, Montana by Alec Soth

Picture for Exercise Two

Fairway Motor Inn by Alec Soth 

HOMEWORK.

Using only paper, light and shadow,  create a series of five photographs which serve as samples of one or more of the above compositional elements. Have 5 images ready for viewing. Images can be on any online gallery you wish.

Samples:

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contact.jpg

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the nature of time 6:7

copyright karlgrupe 2009

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the nature of time 5:7

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the nature of time 4:7

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blog3.jpg

the nature of time 3:7

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blog2.jpg

the nature of time 2:7

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the nature of time 1:7

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Below is a contact sheet from the nature of time 1:7 . I am investigating at this point the nature of choice – selection. I created a situation where I could apply the same methodology. Whether picking a fruit of picking an image – what brings me to this choice out of a batch – what impressions? What is involved in making that decision? Do I chose for what IS.. or do I chose with the anticipation of what COULD BE?

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