Monday, February 16, 2015

Composition, lines and the virgin Mary

I created this image, in which we see Jesus and the virgin Mary, an image resting inside an ornamental brooch. It was made to illustrate the point of framing, of diagonal and dynamic lines in photography, of circles and rectaungular shapes within the framing of the image itself.

According to the English writer G.K Chesterton, "The essence of every picture is the frame". The frame here has is a proportion of 16*9, instead of the usual proportions that are often associated with modern 35mm photography, both film and digital.

The diagonal rectangular shape creates dynamics and intererest, tension which is added to by the ´"new moon"-shape of the shadow created by the tilting light source. The outer part of the ornament creates a cicle within the rectangular shape, and yet another circle, the inner border between the metalwork and the glass protected image of Jesus.

The image is a unification between dynamic movement of the rectangle wihtin the frame, the added movement of the new moon and the "circle within circle", which pulls the viewer in, into a classic despiction of grace.

In this image we may yet consider the circular shape of the halo, which draws out attention to the face of Mary!

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