Thursday, June 30, 2011

Learn composition by example: Anchoring

If you have been following this blog, you may remember a series of short posts about basic composition techniques in the Art-iculations category. These were written for beginners by a beginner (moi). My Flickr friend Rick (word artist), a very accomplished photographer with a brilliant sense of composition, has embarked upon a similar series for the Flickr group Learn Composition by Example, providing far more information and examples than I did. His first five posts, on leading lines, on layers, on borders, on framing, and on triangles, were blogged earlier herehere, here, here and here. His sixth post appeared last weekend, tackling the subject of anchoring as a compositional technique, with 19 photographs as illustration of his points (also to be found in his blog), ranging once more from the most basic to the advanced very subtle uses. For this topic I have picked a shot by fellow Flickrite ben.pearson.007 (White rope in black and white), which Rick used as the most basic illustration of the anchoring concept. In his words: "The rope reaching away from the coil, to the corner, is classic anchoring. It gives meaning to the subject - not just a coil for the sake of it, but storage of the loose end of a working rope. The position into the corner also holds the tilt of the shot in place, giving reason to the angle of the pier". Like the others in this series, highly recommended to expand your compositional horizon.

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