You know yourself. You know how you see things? How you arrange things in groupings as you look around the world? You do, right? Yeah? Kind of?
Sometimes it takes someone else pointing out how you see for you, well, to see it. This is one of the reasons I love second shooting. An example of this is Coco calling me out for shooting 97% horisontal last season.
While culling, editing and assembling images for my new website, one of the things I discovered was that I LOVE using geometric shapes as framing and composition devices. Looking back at my body of work, I can see this evident for years, though I wasn’t conscious of it until recently. This may be related to my adoration of the New Topographics photographers. And why I still like the images -most of them anyway- from my undergraduate thesis. (My grad school work, I find disappointingly uninteresting – but that is another story)
In any event, now that I know I subconsiously graviate toward geometric shapes and graphic elements, I scout and visualize for them, using these to frame subjects or to balance them within the frame. For the environmental portraits, I want these structural elements in the frame to look great with and without the human element.
Below are two example images, without and with, the client.