Exercise 2.4 The two-dimensional plane

09th October 2019

For this exercise we asked to find a photograph that has many subjects at the same approximate distance from the camera. With this image we have to study it and find out what captures our attention first, where do our eyes go next, are there things that distract us etc…

We are then asked to divide the frame and locate certain things for example, the main subject.

The photograph that I have chosen is an image I have taken in Norwich train station and it can be seen below.

Below I have annotated the photograph with some key points. Although I have stated that the central figure of the lady sitting down is that which catches my eyes first, sometimes it is the cuddled figures bottom right. This is because they are quite large and pull my eye over, yet on other occasions they become a distraction. I have also found that there isn’t any particular part of the picture which pulls your eyes out of the frame.

What catches your attention 1st – where do your eyes go next – distractions
The main subject, which is where our eyes are first drawn, lays in the central section of the photograph.

Below illustrates where the dominant shapes and groups of objects are within the picture plane.

If we look at the above photograph we can see that there are three groups of people within the image. These are those found in the foreground who are sitting on the benches, the mid-ground people which include the blur man, the lady with a white top and the people lining up outside STARBUCKS. However the third group of people are in the background and are obscured by the large signpost and the lining up people.

Both the second group of people who are lining up at STARBUCKS and the large signpost intersect and divide the picture plane into two sections. They are positioned in such a way that the foreground people and the background is separated.

The shops also intersect the view of the background wall and part of the window and cross beam building. Although I feel that this adds to the composition rather than detract from it.

The last image below shows the tonal and colour areas within the photograph. We can see that the dominant colour which captures our eye the most is the white and then red. The remaining of the picture is quite subdued when it comes to colour as it presents many shades of brown, black and grey. The only other sections to capture the eyes is the yellows of other signage and two minute sections of green.


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