This week for the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Amy invited folks to share images of negative space in photography. Amy shared this: Negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. This space is empty or unoccupied. Spencer Cox at Photography Life explained it this way: Photos with high amounts of negative space are: empty, subdued, peaceful, calm, and isolated.
Isn’t it fun to talk about negative space this week?
Here are some more thoughts to add to this rich discussion – as we all learn and grow when these themes come our way 🙂
The negative space (in a photo or printing) lets us breathe and pause – like margins in a book or like a pause during conversation – the negative space can give us some (visual) room.
However, sometimes the negative space brings us into the photo – around and into the subject, and then deeper into the composition.
Sometimes the negative space is a VERY active part of the energy and movement of the entire photo.
We all see and feel the impact of the negative space – even if we cannot put it into words.
The negative space can work with the subject and other elements to allow us to experience something – it can be calmness and peacefulness – OR it can be an engaged and “pulled in and around” vibe too.
These next two photos remind me that a slight change to the negative space can CHANGE the energy in a photo. Let me know what you think:
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