Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spatial Hierarchy

This image expresses spatial hierarchy by attracting the viewers eye to one location. The viewer's eye is immediately drawn down the lines of the railroad track. You can't actually see what the track ends at, which is one of the interesting aspects of this picture. At the begining of the track you can see clear detail of the railroad track (the individual boards inbetween the rails), and as your eyes move down the picture the amount of detail that is able to be seen decreases.

Vantage Point: Flatness

In this picture it appears that the beach actually rests on top of the boat. From this actual vantage point in 3D, you would be able to tell that the beach is in the distance. However in this photograph, the 3D image is turned into a 2D image which changes the meaning of the picture. The flatness of this photograph creates the image that the beach is actually resting on the boat.

Monday, October 25, 2010


This image shows how flatness of a 2-D photograph can create/suggest the depth of field. When this person took this picture, everything was of course in 3 dimension. But he/she shows that a 2-D photograph can be used to complete and suggest the reality in 3-D.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flatness and Hierarchy

Above is a really interesting photo that exploits the flatness of the photographic medium to create a scene in our minds that could never exist in reality. A person can't actually hold the sun in their hands, but yet in this image, they appear to be doing just that.

Even though this photo is of one thing, I really like how the different folds of the fungus thing overlap with each other as they move towards the background. There may have been many different angles to take this picture from, but none of them would look exactly like this, having the same orientiation of the objects as this does.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


This shows how the flatness of a picture can make certain things appear true. For example in the picture the green roof appears to be sitting right on top of the extended fence posts above the colorful seats. I believe this is also well framed because of the two pilings on either side of this photo giving it natural framing.

spatial heirarchy and flatness shown through photography

I believe this picture shows spatial heirarchy because your eyes see the leading lines and follow the light poles spanning across to the middle of the photo. Then from the right side your eyes follow the wall to the middle of the picture which creates this depth in the picture then finally you begin to notice that there is actually a person sitting on the ground in the middle of the picture.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Flatness and Spatial Hierarchy

At first, this image seems to be a mess of lines and tone. The vines hanging from the tops of the trees drag the eyes down while, at the same time, the vantage point of the image directs the eyes up, following the trunks of the tree. The image was taken looking up, which is why our eyes follow the trunks; however, once they reach the top, the thin vines (without any markers of depth) drag them back down. The flatness of this picture allows for this contradiction, for the up and down movement our eyes make. Because the image is flat rather than three dimensional, the illusion of depth (or lack of depth as portrayed by the vines) can exist. In this way, the image is "solved" rather than composed. From another vantage point, the images would just be flat trees without any kind of interesting directional movement of the eyes (such as the up and down contradiction created here).

At first the eye is drawn to the people in the image. They're the main focus of the image, and they're dressed funny. In the foreground of the image is a camera, framing the people. While the camera is not quite in focus and the function is more of a framing nature, the camera is important. We see that the man is positioning the people and that (because the camera is there) he is a photographer. This makes the image he is about to take much more deliberate than perhaps the subject (what seems to be members of some kind of native tribe) should be. The size of the camera suggests it's importance and perhaps what the meaning the photographer is trying to get across.

Spatial hierarchy and flatness

This photo shows spatial hierarchy. The eye is drawn to the 2 little kids in the foreground of this picture because they are the biggest objects in the frame, are the most in focus, and the lines of the road in the picture draw your eyes from the background to the forgroud where these two kids are walking. This picture shows depth, and allows the viewer to see the world around these two kids, however the viewer initially notices these two kids before everything else.

This picture shows how the flatness of a photograph can really be used by the photographer to solve a picture. In real lifethis picture would not at all look like two little guys are hanging from a mans tie, because we can see depth. This photo however lines up in just the right way so that although we can technically see the depth in the photograph, however we visually see the allusion of the gyus hanging on the tie because of the flatness of a photograph. So this photo represents both the depth a flat picture can show, but also how the photographer can use the flatness of a picture when composing a photograph.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spatial Hierarchy and Flatness

This photo shows spatial hierarchy. The bamboo poles jut out into the front of the photo, with the car, men, and trees falling into the background. The busiest of the lower half of the photo caused by the bamboo and car is paralleled with the blank upper right corner.

This picture by Gordon Gahan shows how the flatness of a photograph can affect change the perception of the subject. We know that this picture is showing the reflection of light off of water, but the flat photograph shows a different side. The angles of the light beams and reflections makes a series of 'greater than' signs moving from smaller to larger as your eyes move left to right. This photo has the ability to show both depth, as your eyes are drawn down the tunnel, and flatness, as the light angles meld together.