perspectifying

by -- Lyency August. 20, 2011 4216 views

one of the primary objectives of visual art(ists) consists in representing solid objects, buildings, etc., relative to each other on a flat surface so as to give the right impression of their dimensions (height, width, depth) and position in relation to each other as determined by their distance from the viewer when observed from a particular view point

with no hesitation this is what might be collected as kind of a definition when someone is asked about the terms of “vantage point” and “perspective” in visual arts

i believe that the painter must learn and practice the rules of perspective geometry. in case of the photographer those rules are “furnished” automatically by the objective glasses and the camera, and what depends on the photographer’s eye to decide is the selection of the vantage point. as John Szarkowski pointed out in his album entitled “The photographer’s eye”:

"To see the subject clearly – often to see it at all – he had to abandon a normal vantage point, and shoot his picture from above, or below, or from too close, or too far away, or from the back side, inverting the order of things’ importance… “
”He discovered that his pictures could reveal not only the clarity but the obscurity of things, and that these mysterious and evasive images could also seem ordered and meaningful"

teleki lászló square

gellért hill

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Stormfish 9 years ago

haha! i like mawey's comment above! if the universe has eleven dimensions (what a blast!), i think we spend way too much time with getting our perspectives right... ;-)

9 years ago Edited
Mawey 9 years, 1 month ago

according to m-theory (no, not my own!), geometry only covers the 3 visible dimensions of our at least 11 dimensional universe. even though 7 of the others (excluding time) are describes as "curled up", this renders any attempt to make a clear statement about what perspectives should be obeyed or not obeyed in photography or art quite futile.

maybe you (or your camera) see "flatter" than the next person, maybe the next person does see through the flattened perspective on these shots and sees a whole different universe in the mirrored sky. :-)

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 1 month ago

Interesting subject to see you address as I recently took a photo of the cottage interior. It had something hanging from the ceiling in the foreground which 'confused' the perspective... so I didn't post it.

9 years, 1 month ago Edited
Xabolcs 9 years, 1 month ago

szigorúan fegyelmezett qszaság... de tök jó :))

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