16.07.2020 Looking differently

Date: 16th July 2020
Location: Isle of Wight
Category: Photography

Looking holistically

I definitely do not take the standard view of something – unless it is as a record shot (more about this soon). Why? Because the world has many thousands of photos of that thing photographed from the same perspective. Think about the many hundreds of thousands of pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal that swamp the internet.

Looking holistically means looking differently – using fresh eyes and a curious attitude

Debbie Stott 2020

A deconstructed landscape or cityscape are excellent ways to do this.

Using movement in the subject itself or in the composition, to invite the eye to move around the image, is another way. Reflective surfaces, light and shadow are key elements I take advantage of as these are part of the context of the photo and the broader scene as a whole.

Reflections often show us the world in a distorted but fascinating way, whilst light and shadow can create an image in their own right, without the need for a physical object.

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