I am a great admirer of Salgado and have studies his use of light before however while revisiting assignment two I have decided to study Genesis. This is a culmination of eight years of photography. It is a change for Salgado of his displaced people and suffering that he usually conveys. However for now what I am looking at is Elements of Design and this is abundant in Genesis. It shows how important these fundamentals are. There are of course more than one element in many of the pictures I will point out some of them for the purpose of my studies. I realise that there are many more elements in play such as the light dark and bright areas. Tone etc however I have looked at specific elements for the purpose of assignment 2 revisiting.
Curves – The curved road as it appears between the mountains seems to lead us through them.
Diagonal lines seem to be created both above and below along with a division of a triangular shape due to the division of the penguins below and the landscape behind.
Single point mostly although there are more birds below they seem to create a backdrop for the flying bird. Diagonal caused by the bird flying with its wings apart and also the division of the birds on the land and the sky seems to create a diagonal division of the scene. This emphasises the birds size.
Rhythm and also rectangle. The rhythm is caused by the zebras already their own bodies are rhythmic and then this is exaggerated by how they are lined up. Together they seem to create a rectangle made up of the horizontal shape of their bodies and the vertical of their legs again closed of f by their mirrored reflections. To emphasise the background seems also to be two rectangles created together.
Curved lines on horns however they also seem to create a triangle as is repeated behind by the man holding the sticks both with the sicks and his arms. The image also appears to be a two point image.
Diagonal lines using perspective.
Single point of the elephant however see also see shapes formed betweent he trunk and the head. Between the legs as the animal moves and also framed with the edge of the image between the back leg and the tail.
Note the inverted triangle shapes of the arms with the musical instrument.As there is also a triangle between the two heads and the frame finished to the edge with the feathers on their head.
Two points or vector and movement. ripples in the water show also circular and movement. The people if we want to consider them a single point are placed slightly off centre as is pleasing to the eye. The multiple points behind serve to create a horizon and division of the frame into two rectangles.