Last week, one of the assignments was to take my favorite photographs and organize them into an "Inspiration File" This week, I was to study the photos and determine a common theme as to what makes the picture a favorite. Suggested choices were:
Subject and location
Elements of design (space, lines, color, shape, texture, and form value)
Use or absence of color
Message and emotion.
I had a running theme through the 24 photos in my file-the first being color, followed by texture, lines, and lighting. I was aware that I was attracted to bold colors, but had not noticed the textures and lines before. As these traits are listed above as elements of design,I wanted to study what that meant. What I learned is that
Elements of Design are the foundations steps in works of art.
Color-Depends on how the light hits the objects.
Lines-Continuous movement of a point in the photo. Can be straight, wavy, curly, etc.
Texture-Perception of being able to feel the surface
Shape-Area that has a boundary
Space-Perception of height, width and depth
Value-relationship between light and dark on the subject or surface projecting depth and perception. Also known as tone.
Here are some of my favorite photos and my thoughts on why I like themThis photo of the orange lilies was from a point and shoot camera. I really like it because it feels like a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. I learned that the blur was probably due to shaking the camera in the close up.
It was a very blustery day when this photo was taken and the sky really was that color. It was cold and about ready to storm. I like the heaviness of the clouds, but I'm not seeing movement in the trees.
I live near an airport and sometimes, the planes reverse course, flying low across my neighborhood. I never tire of seeing these big machines. I like the crisp color of the sky, the texture on the mountains and the lines on the jet.
I never realized that a Lantana flower had so many different shapes within it! I love the colors and shapes.
The photo of the fish above, taken at The Aquarium of the Pacific, seems to cover all my preferences- bold color, texture of the water, use of light and lines.
This was a fun assignment and now eager to expand on what I've learned!