Exercise 1.2

Point

Take two or three photographs in which a single point is placed in different parts of the frame.

How can you evaluate the pictures? How do you know whether you have got it right or not? Is there a right place and a wrong place for a point?

In these images where there is only a single point,  I don’t feel there is an absolute right or wrong position for it, as the eye is drawn to it wherever it is in the frame.

Print out two or three of your point photographs and trace the route your eye takes over the surface with a pencil.  Then try the same with a selection of photographs from newspapers or magazines.  You should notice that each photograph has its own tempo.  Add the traced photographs to your learning log together with brief observation.

This is an interesting exercise. I have never before actually stopped to consider the route the eye takes when looking at an image. It is definitely true that objects attract attention out of proportion to their size.

In the image above, the eye is drawn first to the brick in the foreground, even though it is not the largest item in the frame. It’s position is important. Had it been placed closer to the centre of the frame, I don’t believe it would have been so effective at drawing the eye.

In this image, the handprints positioned on the far left of the frame do a great job in leading the eye to the figure of the child who is the subject of the picture.

When it comes to portraits of people, I believe that it is human instinct to automatically look at the eyes and mouth first, no matter where they are positioned in the frame.

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