Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang

By Molly Bang

We all know photograph tells one thousand phrases. yet what concerning the parts that make up an image? utilizing the story of Little pink using Hood as an instance, Molly Bang makes use of boldly photograph art to give an explanation for how images—and their person components—work to inform a narrative that engages the feelings: Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does pink consider sizzling and blue suppose chilly? First released in 1991, photo This enthusiasts will welcome the recent edition's awesome remodel and introduce its insights to many different artists and paintings appreciators alike.

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Whether or not we are conscious of these forces. we are aware of them. They encourage our eyes to move in certarn directions. and they affect our emotional response to what is going on.

Again, this is due to the force of gravity: objects that are higher up give a sense of floating or flying or otherwise escaping the gravitational pull of the earth. " "top gun: "top dog:· "top-drawer. '"top-notch... " and so forth. · 54 55 The bottom half of a picture feels more threatened, heavier, sadder, or constrained; objects placed in the bottom half also feel more grounded. Think of expressions that show sadness or failure: "down in the dumps,· "feeling down, · "feeling low. · "low-down dirty dog,· "living the low life.

But notice that with all of this moving around. the invisible lines of force are ever-present. We are aware of gravity as we move up and down and across the page. At the same time, we are very aware of the center as our eyes go back and forth across it; we are aware of the jagged lines dividing th e page down the center The center can be used as the hub of the picture. where more rntense action takes place. as an empty area of calm or incompleteness. as a divider of left from right. as the area at which two equal elements join, and so forth.

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