Friday, January 31, 2014

Perspectives of Me!

     The perspective of a photo can dramatically change how you "see" yourself.  As you can observe from the three photo's I have chose from class, perspective can be varied.  Look at the first photo taken through a fan.  The viewer's perspective is obstructed and the actual image of myself is barely noticeable.  I am only two feet behind the fan in full view to everyone in the room but from the picture the dirt on the fans cage is more noticeable than me. This is a very different prospective than the second photo.
     As you can see in the middle picture, this perspective is pretty straight forward.  I am in full view, smiling and relaxing kicked back enjoying the class.  Pictures like this are obvious but can also leave questions for the viewer.  Observers might wonder what I am thinking or about the details such as my tattoo's or even the shirt I am wearing. The questions for a straight forward picture pale in comparison to what can be desired in the last photo.
     The final perspective I have chosen is a limited and forced focal point of my face.  The photo shows only the right side of my face, part of my hat and very little background.  In the foreground the viewer only can see the hole I am looking through.   This shot draws the viewers eye to what the photographer wants you to see.  This trick is very useful and can be used in various ways.  It also changes how the viewer sees the subject.  Observers might question where I am, how the photo was taking (birds, worms eye or straight forward) and so much more; the questions for this perspective are endless.
     From these photos you can see that perspective can change how you or the viewer sees someone.  The perspective is your choice and it is an important one.  When your taking snapshots think about what you want the picture to express or what the photographer want the viewer to focus on.  Lastly remember perspective is a tool that can be used in many ways so have fun with it.    

1 comment:

  1. It was really effective for you to walk the viewer through these three contrasting photos as you describe how perspective can raise questions/cause questions for the viewer. As a reader, I followed your logic and appreciated the details you provided e.g. "the dirt in the fan cage is more noticeable than me." I also appreciated your talking about the forced focal point "trick."

    A small side note: contractions and apostrophes are one small grammar bug for you to work on -- e.g. You're, viewer's...