Thursday, March 31, 2011

Point of View Continued ...

To continue from Tuesday, here is yet another point of view or angle, totally different and focused on the water and stems.  These photographs could be compared to the different points of view you might use in a story.

I have a story I've been trying to write for several years now. My sister's accident when she was three. One draft is a poem, one is more a fictional account, and then another is totally fictional.

At some point, a writing instructor said to me to change it up and write in another POV other than my own to see where it wants to go.  There were more choices than I thought: my mother's, father's, sister who was hit, witness to accident, my point of view, or even the young man that caused the accident.  So which one would best tell my story or communicate what I want it to? 

A question all of us as artists in whatever medium have to answer at some point or another. Which rose picture perspective catches your eye the most? Or is the most asethetically pleasing and really highlights the essence of the rose?  A lot to think about.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Matter of Perspective/Point of View

There are so many similarities between the arts--from sculptors who start with an undefined mass of clay so they can chip away at it and shape a form; to writers who start with a blank page and use words as their tool to shape a character. The same for photographers who use their perspective/angle in a picture to convey a message, personality, story; writers also use point of view/perspective to communicate.  I did a little study with my camera and a vase of yellow roses to demonstrate the different perspectives.

A look from above the vase, you see more of the stems and the water and in my view adds more interest.  You can also readily see which buds never opened at all.

Here I singled out one unopened yellow rose.  Your eye focuses for the most part on this solo rose. Since it is not attempting to even open up, that gives it interest also.

Here I'm really choosing what I want the viewer to see/experience.

I will continue later as I have a meeting to attend.