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siology is a collection of thoughts, inspirations and creative processes which have contributed to my practice in first, second, and now third year studying photomedia and art.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Framing, Formalism, Simplicity

Framing and zoom completely change the entire photograph. Above, I've got a very material, formal, painterly image which relies on shapes and aesthetic, as opposed to subject matter/context like the image below. Yet both photograph are of the same egg in the same setting. There is too much information in the bottom photograph, too much going on. The egg shell, which is beautiful in its own right, is reduced to part of the frame, alongside other competing and probably irrelevant background forms. The above image is more confident in its simplicity. There is enough information there.

1 comment:

  1. The bottom image implies a narrative. I'm not looking at narrative. I'm trying to get away from stories and context and assumptions made by the viewer. Trying to escape the sign and the signifier and the meaning attached to absolutely every material thing. It's near impossible, but stripping away background or at least cutting down on narrative composition (foreground, background, sectioned off areas within a frame etc) should help