Assignment

Abstracts

Assigned

11/6/19

Due

Overview

I’d like you to think more about line, shape, composition, texture, space, contrast and light, and less about the actual subject you are photographing. Think abstract. Compose an interesting juxtaposition of forms, light and dark, large and small, contrasting shapes, textures rough against smooth, soft against hard. Look for lines against a background. Do not take photos

of specific objects as subjects, but as compositions. Your photograph could be the space between two buildings, the shadows cast on a warped wall, or a point of view that no one recognizes. You can also compose your photograph by setting up objects or posing people. remember to use the frame (the edge of your view) as part of your composition.

Abstracts Examples:  https://www.pinterest.com/photoguy2001/abstracts/ 

Surprising Angles and Points of View

Find an interesting subject. It can be anything you

want but DO NOT photograph it from normal eye level or a straight on view. Point your camera up or down, or skew it sideways at an angle. Get low and behind something or above and closer to it. Try shooting something from as many different vantage points as seems interesting. Do anything that you can safely do to get an unusual vantage point.

Lines

Look for lines diagonals, horizontal and vertical.  When lines leave the frame, so does your eye. Diagonal lines lead your eyes into and around your composition. They create movement and

action. Diagonals leading to the subject are very effective. Look for a subject with diagonals. It

can be anything you want, landscape, still life, architecture - just make sure there are diagonals in

your composition.

Unrecognizable

Find a subject that you can photograph in a way that makes it unrecognizable yet creates an interesting composition.  GET IN CLOSE TO AN OBJECT.

Extend beyond the frame.

Play with the idea of parts of something being in

the picture and parts of something being out of the picture. Experiment with cutting off different

parts of your subject. Get real close and fill beyond the frame forcing the viewer to imagine what lies outside the frame. See what makes it interesting. Does the way you frame a picture create

mystery? Tell a story? When your subject interacts with the edge of the frame, you create positive and negative space. Consciously play with this positive and negative space.

Objects and shadows

Use an objects shadow to complete the composition.

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Reflections:

Reflections that complete an image or add more interest to the image are what you should be creating.  Try and tell a story/narrative with your reflection.

Ideas

Puddles, mirrors, glasses, computer screens, store windows, car windows, water.

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