The Two-Dimensional Plane

The task for this exercise was to analyse and annotate a photo that had a number of subjects at the same approximate distance from the camera, for instance the interior of a room.

Study the image carefully.

What catches your attention first?

The first item that caught my attention was the the sack in the centre of the photo with the writing on.

Where do your eyes go next?

The next place that my eyes get drawn to are the boards with the hooks and pieces of ironmongery at either side of the sack, from there the eye is draw to the various billhooks hanging on the rails behind the sack.

Are there things on the edge of the picture that distract you?

On the right hand side of the photo is a lorry and part of a stand. On the left hand side is part of a trolley or plough.

Does you gaze remain in the frame or is something pulling it out of the frame?

The truck on the right hand side of the photo draws your gaze out of the frame in that direction. In addition there is a rope barrier in from of the display. At the right hand side the rope loops back on itself. If the eye follows the rope from the left side of the frame then it gets lead back to the left side of the frame and then out of the picture.

If the rope on the left hand side had looped back in the same manner as on the right hand side then the viewers attention could have been drawn into the image and pulled around in a circular direction as the sacks in the centre of the photo can draw the viewers eye upwards, the rails either side with the billhooks hanging from them draw the attention in either direction to the boards from which the hooks and ironmongery hang, which draws the eye back to the rope once again.

Divide the frame? Where does the main subject lie? On one of the four points of the ‘golden section’? In the centre? On on of the four quadrants?

Depending on what the viewer takes as the main subject then it’s position does vary.

If the viewer takes the sack containing the pig fattening nuts as the main subject then this lies in the centre of the image. If, however, the viewer sees either of the boards to the sides as the main subject then these fall on the lower two points of the ‘golden section’. Personally I see the sack as the main subject and this is in the centre of the image.

The final part of the exercise was to mark the dominant shapes and groups of objects on the photo, to note when objects intersect of obscure wah other and to mark the main tonal and colour areas.

The Two Dimensional Plane - with annotation

As can be seen from the photo several object intersect each other, for instance the fork intersects with the billhooks hanging from the right hand rack, the rope runs across the front of the interecting with every item at the bottom of the frame.

The main tonal colour is brown. The sack and straw provide the bulk of the color in the iamge. The white of the caravan in the background and the green tarpaulin on the truck do provide a bit of relief from the brown.

This exercise was quite interesting as it highlights how important it is to be aware of what will be within a photo when you are taking it. Composing the image correctly to avoid distractions, to ensure the main subject is in the area that you want and that objects you want to be seen are not obscured by other items. Also it is important to be aware of elements that may draw the viewer out of your image as well as how you want the viewers eye to move around your photo.





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