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The LOMO LC-Wide Part 14: A Question of Composition

Are the ‘rules’ for composing a photograph the same as the ‘rules’ for composing an abstract image at some fundamental level?

“I’m not a photographer but I have a strong interest in composition. I am particularly interested in the composition of abstract patterns within the frame. I would like to know if there is something fundamental in composition that can be separated from aspects such as ‘meaning’, ‘story-telling’ and more refined details. For example, if we see a face looking off frame, then we might follow the line of site – we are being directed with an overt viewing line. However, if the image is purely abstract, then my question is: do the eyes read the image in some sort of common way if the image is generally considered to be a ‘good’ composition?

Are the ‘rules’ for composing a photograph the same as the ‘rules’ for composing an abstract image at some fundamental level?

Here’s something to consider; if you take an accepted, well-composed image and remove all the detail – perhaps through some sort of blurring process – would the resulting image still be well-composed? I would be very interested to hear your views.

(Posted by stuartmccallum1956)

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