Photography Turns 3 Dimensions Into 2
The recently released science fiction movie “Interstellar” presents the concept of adding a 4th and 5th dimension into our 3 dimensional world. That got me thinking about how photographers go in the opposite direction, turning our 3 dimensional world into 2 dimensions. The photographs below are exercises in exploring this concept intentionally.
The Old Barn
When studying this old barn, I liked how the angles created by the roof, windows and broken door would look in a 2 dimensional photograph. After composing the image, I decided to remove the pole leaning against the door. It’s a distraction right? Then I closed one eye to look at the scene in 2 dimensions and realized that the pole actually adds a contrasting angle to the door. Diagonal lines and triangles can add a lot of visual interest to an image, so I left it and feel like the finished photograph is better because of it. A distraction in 3 dimensions became a compositional element in two.