literal & figurative

In Film, Inspiration

There is a game that I find myself often playing with my camera lately.  I think of it as Literal  and Figurative. The rules are quite simple, but if you are inclined to play yourself, consider yourself forewarned. It can become a bit addictive.

When struck with a scene I feel compelled to photograph, I first take a picture accurately, representing the image in a straightforward, literal manner, and then make another photograph of the same subject, from the same perspective, but which represents the scene in a more abstract fashion.





My aim is for the first image to be a rather accurate representation of how my eyes process the scene, and for the second image to almost flow through me –  to make a picture of how the scene feels.



Sometimes the abstraction is an inarticulate mess. Other times, as is the case with this pair of images overlooking the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia,  I was surprised to find that the abstraction made a much better representation of layers of city life revealed from my high vantage point than my more literal photograph.


If you play along, I would absolutely love it if you’d share your experiences, or better still your images. Here in the comments, or by hashtagging #viewfinders.io on Instagram.

 

Keep your eyes wide open,

Debbie

4 Comments

  1. Excellent post. It is just what I needed today to stimulate creativity! Thank you.

  2. Wow, this is a great creative prompt! Thank you for sharing this idea.

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