For this exercise, I was looking for an object that was in a setting with lots of space around it and a plain even background. The objective was then to take a number of different shots with the object at different positions in the frame and to see how the resulting images have the object interacting with the background. The subject I chose was a statue situated in front of some converted factory buildings.
As with the previous exercise, the initial image was taken without to much thought and has resulted in a snapshot type image again which is lacking in interest:
I then took a series of photos with the statue in a number of different positions in the frame. The following images have been ordered from least to most preferable:
Reviewing the Images
The First three images, over to the far right, really don’t work for this subject. The angle I chose to shoot the statue gives the impression that the figure is looking to the right so having the subject also placed on the right leaves no space to interact with the background. The low angle for shooting also makes it feel like the statue is looking out over the scene so again, having the subject low in the frame leaves little interaction with the background.
The image just off centre and to the right is an improvement over the images at the far right or at the bottom of the frame as it’s starting to have some interaction with the background but it’s not until the image is to the left of centre that it starts to feel like an improvement has been made over the initial image.
Having the statue positioned on the far left starts to make the image fully interact with the background on the horizontal axis, as the statue has space to look out to the right of the frame. Finally, positioning the statue in the top left of the frame gives the best interaction in both the horizontal and the vertical.
Note:Having reviewed the images, the selected background was ideal for this exercise as it doesn’t appear as plain or neutral as I was intending when I first looked at the subject. However, I don’t think this has detracted from the purpose of the exercise but is something I’ll need to be aware of in the future.