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Groups of threes

2015.07.07
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Sophocles is credited with inventing the third actor in Greek plays. Presumably, playwrights had the chorus and two actors slagging each other off before then.

Kurosawa always arranged tension in his films in groups of three actors - look carefully; they’re choreographed.

In modern psychobabble, it is said that in a group of three people, there is always a victim, a persecutor and a saviour. To make it more plausible, it is also stated that roles can be interchanged.

Take away the third person and the tension collapses like a three-legged stool with one missing.

Keep that person there and the public is sold.

I’ve been meaning to show in colour some of the images I took when I covered a Sophocles play recently. I couldn’t resist a sad, contrasty look because Sophocles isn’t comedy. The day we get Aristophanes, I’m gaudy. (Or maybe not. It depends on the play…)

But the thing that hit me in the face from the beginning is the arrangement of threes and here, the director got it.
11 Comments
Lsample Great set! I have been telling Jen that we could really use a third. She and I are much too alike.
Lsample · 2015-07-06: 13:38
popparatzee The layering of the people in the first shot really made that one my favorite.
popparatzee · 2015-07-06: 13:44
angil I can't stop looking at the first picture. Favs.
angil · 2015-07-06: 13:59
yellodog Nice 3D effect in this series. Is it your Pentax or the 5D?
yellodog · 2015-07-06: 14:13
djnana #1 and 4 are especially poignant - and your composition catches the "threesomes" well throughout the set.
djnana · 2015-07-06: 15:51
dogydad2 Great series! Being single, I'm always uncomfortable being invited for dinner by a couple, because no matter how careful, diplomatic and even-minded I try to remain, it's always a struggle (read: not fun), as each member plays tug-of-war for my allegiance/attention/eye contact/etc............sigh......"third wheels" are usually problematic...unless you are a tricycle, but even they are notoriously unstable.......as everyone knows, who has tried to ride one........(grin/grimace)
dogydad2 · 2015-07-06: 16:42
MilkysWay I love the treatment and colouring in those pictures. Tells the mood in a great way
Thats a great DOF effect in some of them, great set in all.
MilkysWay · 2015-07-07: 06:27
MoMac I was intrigued by the the 3rd thinking there were three doves fluttering around the man's shoulder on the left!!!.
MoMac · 2015-07-07: 09:23
skmarar Love the expression in #4
skmarar · 2015-07-07: 09:31
noptek Great report !!
noptek · 2015-07-07: 10:03
zimmerfilms Great set!!!
zimmerfilms · 2015-07-07: 11:27
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