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.

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