minimalist shell art
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This post is about point of view, perception, perspective, and predictability.|
The composite image shown here contains three different views of the same shell, in the exact same spot on the beach, but rotated to three different positions. The composite was assembled by simple cutting and pasting with no other modification.
What attracted me initially about this simple and common object was its shadow on the sand. I was struck by the way the shape of the shadow didn't seem to match the shape of the shell, as I saw it from above. So I stopped and looked at the graceful curves of the shell, trying to predict how the shadow would look as the shell was turned. It was surprisingly difficult.
The interaction between the somewhat complex shape of the shell and the sun is very straightforward from the perspective of the sun. But from my point of view, it was quite hard to perceive the necessary information about the shell's structure and interpret it in the way the sun did (by casting the shadow).
So the result shown here of my little experiment is 3 images of the same shell, identical except for their rotation, with each image coupled to a shadow that is totally unlike the others.
It should be no surprise to any photographer that point of view matters. But it may indeed be a surprise to see how important it is even in a very simple situation, and how difficult that importance is to predict in advance.
note added 3-8-09
This post has been viewed in numbers out of proportion to my comparable posts around the same time. There are no new comments to give me a clue why this might be. The post has no theme or favorite connections and the image is not (nor was it intended to be) aesthetically arresting. So I'm curious to know, if you are viewing this so long after it was posted, why did you end up here, what made you stop for a closer look, and what did you get out of it? Thanks.
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Hello Bob! Original idea, very original composition. Interesting work. Good luck!