For this exercise i am to produce six photographs split up into two sets of triangular compositions. One set using ‘real’ triangles, the other making ‘implied’ triangles.
Distinguish between ‘real and ‘implied’ triangles. ‘Real’ triangle, meaning those with clear visible edges. ‘Implied’ triangle, meaning three (or sometimes even two) prominent points in the frame which imply a triangle shape (the brain will naturally create a shape by connecting the ‘lines’ created by the prominent points in the frame)
Exercise – Real and implied triangles
- Find a subject which is itself triangular (it can be a detail of something larger)
- Make a triangle by perspective, converging towards the top of the frame
- Make an invented triangle, also by perspective, converging towards the bottom of the frame
This is my example of a triangle converging towards the top of the frame.
This is my example of a triangle converging towards the bottom of the frame.
Both my examples of triangles converging towards the top and bottom of the frames are not in themselves real triangles, but triangles that i have created by the way the camera is angled.
- Make a still-life arrangement of five or six objects to produce a triangle with the apex at the top
- Make a still life-life arrangement as above, but so that the triangle is inverted, with the apex at the bottom
- Arrange three people in a group picture in such a way that either their faces or the lines of their bodies makes a triangle
Above are my examples of ‘implied triangles’ with the apex at the top and bottom of the frame.