Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

This week’s photo challenge highlights two aspects of “perspective.”

First of all, “perspective” can refer to the artistic technique of showing spatial relationships.  But as many frustrated artists know,  perspective is difficult to convey.  To be successful, the artist should follow these 3 guidelines offered by Leonardo da Vinci.   These suggestions can also be helpful to photographers when setting up a shot:

The divisions of Perspective are 3, as used in drawing; of these, the first includes the diminution in size of opaque objects; the second treats of the diminution and loss of outline in such opaque objects; the third, of the diminution and loss of colour at long distances.–Leonardo da Vinci

To illustrate linear perspective, I am posting 2 photos, each one showing a different angle of the same Japanese-style fence.  The first shot is a close-up, focusing on the knotted rope on each rail.  The second shot shows the “long distance” view of the same fence.   As da Vinci’s indicates, the fence appears to shrink, fade and lose definition the further the eye travels to a distant point.

Closeup of Japanese-style fence, Morikami Museum

Closeup of Japanese-style fence, Morikami Museum

Japanese Fence, Morikami Museum

Japanese Fence, Morikami Museum

The second part of the challenge emphasizes the subjective nature of perspective.  What I choose to highlight in a particular shot may be entirely different from what you choose to highlight.  And what I choose to highlight in a shot can influence what a viewer thinks or believes.    In fact, the creative artist can “trick” a viewer into believing something that is in fact not true.

So, for my first “trick,” here’s a photo of an ordinary bag of groceries.

Bag of groceries

However, in the next shot, the viewer realizes that the bag is a huge display prop for a grocery convention:

Grocery Display, DeVos Convention Center

Grocery Display, DeVos Convention Center

Here’s one more “trick.”  This photo of a famous Chicago skyscraper….

Chicago Skyscraper

…is actually a toy model made from Legos.

Lego version

Lego version

Have you been “tricked” by a creative artist?  When?  How?  Before you answer, think of all those great visual effects artists who convinced us that the giant shark in the movie Jaws  or the tiger in the Life of Pi were actually real. 

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19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

  1. Fabulous! I really appreciate the background you’ve provided! Great choice for the theme.

  2. These are great! Loved the fence…and then the building…had me totally fooled until I saw the shot with the person. VERY COOL!

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  4. This is just brilliant …. That grocery bag priceless. Didn’t expect that – what a fantastic entry and post.

  5. Wow, Viveka! Thanks so much! It is funny, isn’t it? A giant grocery bag. When I saw it, I had to take the shot. Perfect for a grocery convention, isn’t it?

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  8. Great photos! The grocery bag is my fave :-)

  9. Such an interesting post. Loved looking at the tricks.

  10. Thanks, Colline! Now you’ve got me interested in taking more shots like that!

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  12. This is great! Especially #1 & #3 for me!

  13. Thanks so much, Vastly! I appreciate hearing your thoughts!

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