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Friday, 28 January 2011

Exercise - Illustrating visual space

For this exercise we had to source a black and white image of a running child, a tree and a building and using them in differing scales, arrange them to create a representational image.
A horizon line is to be added to separate the ground from the sky, and to create an illusion of space and distance. Then answer the following questions;
How does the sense of the image and its meaning change when the figure is smaller than the other elements?
If the elements are at differing angles to each other and at an angle to the frame, what dynamic is suggested?
If all the elements are completely horizontal and vertical in relation to the frame what dynamic is suggested? What is your opinion about this image and what sensation does it communicate?
Which is your favourite composition - explain why.

In this image the child dominates the scene, whilst the horizon
and size of the house suggests greater distance in the foreground.

Subtle change in the horizon brings the house nearer
and the tree seems further away. The girl still dominates
the scene.

Now that the girl is smaller than the other elements she
seems to appear more fragile within the scene and this
evokes a feeling of danger or panic in this instance.

Horizon line change again introduces more sky into
the image and a heightened feeling of space.

Bringing the house forward, enlarging it and making the
girl even smaller lends a feeling of space to the back of
the picture and an increased feeling of distance to the
horizon.  Note now the sinister house dominates.
Dont go in!

The girl now seems more connected to the house but
appears to be running towards the distant tree. Big
sky and space makes the picture less sinister
but the eye seems to lead towards
 the tree.

The house dominates this scene but the angles
lend a quirkiness to the image, whilst still slightly
sinister. Now each element leans in to each other,
seeming to connect. The eye seems to follow a
circular route around the picture.
It seems that a sense of uniformity and order are prevalent when all the verticals and horizontals relate
to the frame,  and this lends to a strong composition, but when elements are pictured at an angle the whole mood of the picture changes. Even though the angled house is not neccessarily realistic in composition, it lends a feeling of drama movement and chaos to the scene. For this reason my favourite image is the last one with the leaning house.

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