Exercise 1.2 – Point – Photographs Study How My Eyes Scan The Image

In exercise 1.2 – point asked me to “print out two or three of your point photographs and trace the route your eye takes over the surface with a pencil. Then try the same with a selection of photographs from newspapers or magazines (or the example above). You should notice that each photograph seems to have its own tempo. Add the traced photographs to your learning log together with brief observations.”

Firstly, my photos:

In this photo above, my eye followed the line of the wall to the figure standing at the end and then my eye followed the line of the wall back down again.

Here, my eye followed up from the trees to the bird in the sky and then along the tops of the trees against the sky.

My eye followed the line of birds in flight up to the coloured Union Jack flag and down to the black signboard.

I then took a few magazines and looked at the photos within the pages, here are some examples of those photos.

My eye was immediately drawn to the colourful red bull helmet, I followed down to the waves and then the line of the board under the water lead me back to the sun behind the man.

I was drawn from the circular window down to the naked figure. I then followed the lines of the window and up to the black hole in the ceiling.

I have noted from these examples (both of mine and the examples) that my eye is drawn to the contrasting bright colours. It is interesting to me, since my preference has been black and white photography, that I am attracted to, (or perhaps distracted by) colour in photographs. I don’t know whether this is a personal trait or something that is more universal amongst viewers. It is quite clear that is it used by professional photographers in advertising if the Red Bull Helmet photograph is anything to go by. It immediately pops out of the photograph and the eye is taken directly there, before lingering on the finer details of the photograph. Therefore it is something that I will take away and perhaps apply to my own photography in the future. If I want to draw the immediate attention of the viewer to a particular part of the photograph, strong contrasting and bright colours is a technique I can use.

References:

Freeman, M. (2017 Edition) The Photographer’s Eye. Ilex

Yerbury T&F. (April 2017) “Naked Ambition” Amateur Photographer Magazine. 

Vidic S. (November 2014) “10 Clicks” Practical Photography Magazine.