Positioning a point Exercise 1.
Question. The aim of this exercise is to experiment with the different positions in whihc you can place a single point in a frame. ” There are essentially three classes of position: in the middle, a little off centre and close to the edge. Placing a point in the centre very rarely works, because of the static nature it produces, although this is not a rule and you might justify it on the grounds of being unconventional. What you learnt about balance and proportion in part one apples here. Use the experience of these earlier projects: when you position a pint in the frame have a reason for placing it where you do. Now take three photographs in which there is a single point, placed in a different part of the frame, justify your reasons in a short note under the picture or with a numbered reference in your learning log. With these pictures and with those you selected from your photo library consider the graphic relationship that the points have within the frame. There are two important relations, to do with movement and division. The sense of movement a slight one is created by drawing attention towards the point from the sides. The division is easier to see if you make a sketch of the position of the point and then draw a line vertically and a line horizontally through this. The point implies a division, as in the exercise: positioning the horizon. The idea of things being implied in composition is an important one and you will see it at work throughout this part of the course.”
Answer.I have attached 3 images in which the main point of focus is the yellow sign with a hand. The sign was designed to attract attention to this protest and I believe it is effective also in a photo. It reminds us of a road sign. There is a line under the billboard to the right which leads us to the point however I do find it too static placed so central in the image.
The first image I took the sign is central however the image is dull. We see the hand but it does not pull us into the image in a particular way. It does not lead our eye around it we see it and then move on away from the image. This is not the purpose of taking the photograph which I would hope to raise curiosity about this protest.
Point slightly off centre
With this second image I have placed the sign slightly off centre. The eye is drawn there first and then down to the sign held by the young man explaining why there is a protest. I think the most important issue with this image is first to make people stop and look and so the yellow sign works then the eye is naturally led to the mans face and down to the sign he holds, before returning to the rest of the image to fully comprehend what it is all about. I also kept the sense of where this protest was held as it is not in Eygpt but in New York and the shoppers going about their daily lives shows also how indifferent people can be to what is going on in other countries. The barrier that runs from the front of the image leads us back in however I do feel it would have been more effective if it led directly to the yellow hand sign.
With this picture the point is at the edge. I wanted to give a sense of urgency and chaos as with a protest and the sense of urgently as to what they are protesting about. The point going towards the edge of the image leads us off to a dead end and so we come back into the image and initially see the man on the left leaning towards the point direction again. It causes us to examine the image again and look for clues as to what is going on.
Finally the image I chose because, the sign is placed slightly off centre it is larger and very dominant in the image. It catches your attention and then encourages you to try understand what story the photo is trying to tell. The writing in Arabic. The Advertisements in english. The hands up in the air to match the sign. The people standing in the forefront of the frame the shape of their heads leads us back towards the sign. The shape is repetitive but as they are not facing the camera they do not attract too much attention. The important item here is the hands and the arabic writing.
Partially in order to exclude the surrounding streets and partly to make a greater call on the viewer to look. The point is larger due to the viewpoint. It is off centre and also heading towards the edge. I believe it is still considered a point as it holds a no more than 20% of the image space occupied. As we come back into the photo the image of the hand is repeated by the people there at the protest and gives it a sense of repetitiveness and also importance as everyone is pointing towards this symbol and mimicing it.
Assignment 1 Submitted.
exercise 1 http://wp.me/p2dUJz-4
Art of Photography , The Frame, Exercise 1 Fitting the frame to the subject.
Exercise 2 http://wp.me/s2dUJz-109
Exercise 2 Object in different positions in the frame.
Exercise 3 http://wp.me/p2dUJz-X
Exercise 3, A sequence of Composition
Exercise 4/5 http://wp.me/p2dUJz-2x
Exercise 4 /5, Different Focal Lengths.
Exercise 6 http://wp.me/p2dUJz-q7
Exercise 6 Balance within a photo.
Assignment 1 preparation http://wp.me/p2dUJz-5a
Assignment 1 Submitted http://wp.me/p2dUJz-8x