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Simplicity. So what really happens when we simplify the contents of an image?


Written by Monte Stevens

October 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. I believe it depends on what we deem the essential elements and what “message” we’re trying to express. Some images can be simplified and express nothing, others will speak volumns. It can also often be about balance.


    October 28, 2009 at 8:38 am

  2. In this one, what works is the strong diagonal movement aiming down from nearly the bottom 3rd division on the left, and the subtle, implied diagonal downward movement made in the left hand area by the angle of the light at the top of the standard.
    The introduction of a “difference”, an interruption if you will of statis, is what captures attention and holds it if there is enough for the eye to work against. This is not by any means foolproof and requires a finely tuned sensitivity to the dynamic possibilities of a square or rectangular format, if that is the established ground. I can fool around endlessly with the placement of my coffee cup or pen an an otherwise clean surface to explore the tension between the elements, the tensions and the dynamic relationship of objects and negative space.G


    October 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm

  3. Two items immediately grabbed by attention. First was the silvery strength of the pole – reaching and straining to the heights. The second was the blue sky – deep throbbing blue, the sky I never saw in the middle states (Ohio, Indiana,etc.).
    This a photo I could have used to lift my spirits all those years I lived in Illinois and Indiana.
    Good shot.

    Opa Wayne

    October 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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