SA ROLTA GYOKER
WHY SHOTS WORK
We analyse this photographer’s graphical black-and-white shot
Lining it up
When angled and intersecting lines are found in a composition, they can convey movement and add tension. Out of her airplane window, Sarolta noticed that “the interplay between part of the wing, its shadow, the fellow, and the lines on the tarmac were intriguing”. The lines form a frame around the air marshal and draw the viewer’s eye towards him.
Sarolta processed this image in Camera Raw, converting it to black and white and adding a slight tint. By removing colour information, darkening the Blacks and upping the Clarity, the tonal range has become even more reduced, making the shot more graphic, and so the viewer’s eye is less distracted. “I edited the shot to emphasise the semi-abstracted interplay between the elements,” she says.
Sarolta’s shot of the airport runway is abstract rather than realistic, as it includes minimal colour, shape and texture. This approach leaves the meaning of the image open to the viewer. “I have always been drawn to abstraction and paring away, and this view appeared too delightful to miss,” she says. Without the symbolism of colour information, Sarolta’s image is more open to interpretation.