Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PhotoTao Card #2 - Opposites

Card #2

Nothing exists without its complement. 
 The experience of opposites is a basic rhythm of life.

- Exercise -
   Look for contrasts in your photographs.  Be conscious
 of juxtapositions that emphasize these visual 
contradictions like the smooth skin of a child posed
 next to the weathered, rough wood of an old barn.  Also
 consider compositional opposites - an active "full" space
 versus the quiet, "empty" space.

The Light of Faith - Mont St. Michel
   This is one of my favorite concepts to look for when I photograph.  After awhile it becomes as natural as breathing...I don't even have to think about it anymore.  I especially like the empty/full combination in my compositions.  It is often present in Taoist paintings; an art form that has been an inspiration for a lot of my camera work.  It is so nice to have a place for your eye to "rest" in a photograph.  

    If you photograph in color, try complimentary contrasts or desaturate the majority of the image leaving only one object in color. That is what I did in the image on the right.  It puts the emphasis on the cross and it's glowing reflection which was quite striking in the dark cathedral interior.    There are dozens of way to approach the concept of "opposites" in your camera work and spending an entire day with the idea is a stimulating challenge.

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