Photographic Composition – Plots And Motifs

Photographic Composition – Plots And Motifs

A variation of photographic composition based on repetitions is that related to plots and motifs. Composition a bit more niche but very common in fill photographs, whether it’s general paintings hanging on the walls or desktop of a computer.

The use of plots within a scene or even the hegemony of a plot in one click are an important message vehicle a plot urges a very strong emotional response in an observer A smooth, silky, soft surface, for example, will communicate serenity and sweetness while a rough, rough surface (as can be the cement of a road, for example) will communicate the exact opposite. Take example, for instance, as in modern office, often and reluctantly, it uses panels that are mostly abstract but sinuous and with soft colors a way to relax the worker.

We can use plots in photographs in various ways what bottom of our subject (a person lying on the beach where the pebbles occupy most of the photo) or as a single subject (the pebbles) as in the photo below

Obviously making a photo like the one above has the time it takes the picture turns out to be flat, almost lifeless. What’s missing in this shot is light or better the light-darkening game that can provide a shining light. The picture below generates a very different impact while in the first case it has a neutral effect, this second image can infuse a slight sense of anxiety in the observer.

Even the distance from the pebbles has played a crucial role while in the first case we observe an expanse of pebbles, in the second case we go in more detail, almost to touch the subject of our photography.
Adding Perspective is another way to make the plot interesting a printed and hungry image of large size can provide a spatial sense of the room. It is true that such prints are often present in small apartments or in narrow corridors, like mirrors.

Michael Busselle is a photographer who has focused most of his work on patterns and motifs. Let’s take the following two images, for example

They are very simple images, but despite the fact that the subject is not really a positive subject (it is garlic to which our mind associates a bad smell), they are pleasant and relaxing.

The following example is finally a collection of lines, lines, repetitions, chromatic uniformity a relaxing landscape.

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