Truth: A New Perspective.....

March 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Truth: A New Perspective - A True Perspective

Rummaging about through some older photos, I was reminded by two images about the importance that perspective plays in photography. 

Simply put, perspective is 'the appearance of viewed objects with regard to their relative position, distance from the viewer' and we often think of those fun trick or forced perpectives, such as someone trying to straighten up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or picking up the Eifel Tower nipped between finger and thumb. 

There is much that can be said about perspective in its different applications. For me, as a photographer, it plays two major roles:

  • Composition - look through the viewfinder and you'll see a potential image capture. Raise, lower, shift your viewpoint left or right and the image will change in subtle and important ways. By moving your viewpoint you can hide objects behind other objects, reveal objects, create space between objects, alter the relative perceived importance of objects, and so on. 
  • Truth - taking the principles of the last point about 'composition', perspective can be used to create an impression or illusion, or be used to reveal the truth about a situation. This is where these two images nicely speak for themselves.

The story behind these images is I was travelling along the Saigon River in Viet Nam when my eyes caught sight of what was a collision between two ships. The image was dramatic, because the ship nearest to me, viewed from the stern, appeared to have ridden up the bow of the other ship. I travelled on in anticipation of seeing the damage, only to be presented with the dull truth: two ships moored-up in close proximity. The ships had neither cargo nor ballast and were riding high at the bow. 

The considered use of perspective coupled with focus point and depth of field, can lead to making powerful and compelling images.

 

What can I do for you?

I am a commercial and wedding photographer based in Cambridge and London, but work across the UK and abroad. Images are an important part of commercial and everyday life, whether for communicating messages, selling products, documenting events or capturing memories for the future. Good images - IMAGES that SPEAK - are differentiators that will work to your advantage.

If you, your colleagues, friends or family have photographic requirements - a brochure, corporate report, head shots, christening, wedding, family gathering - then I'd be happy to have a no-obligation discussion with you. Please get in touch....here's a link.

To see more of my images, please click here and look through the various galleries under the 'Photographs' menu.

Further images may be seen on my Facebook photography page, here.

 


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