Sim­ply co­in­cid­ing

At a mild level, it’s about be­ing neat and tidy

NPhoto - - Niko Pedia -

The first thing that comes to mind when some­one says ‘co­in­ci­dence’ is that it’s rare and lucky. But co­in­ci­dence doesn’t have to be sig­nif­i­cant; life is full of things hap­pen­ing at the same time and in the same place. While most of the vis­ual co­in­ci­dences I’m show­ing here are the main point of the pho­to­graph, at a sim­pler level just get­ting things to co­in­cide and fit is part of fram­ing and com­po­si­tion. Some of us care about it more than oth­ers, but tak­ing a rea­son­able amount of care and pay­ing at­ten­tion to the graph­ics of an im­age is, or should be, one of our ba­sic skills. Ex­er­cis­ing nor­mal com­po­si­tional skills in­volves choos­ing a view­point, fo­cal length and fram­ing so as to make the most of some graphic con­nec­tion that you’ve spot­ted. It draws its strength from the fact that the ‘graph­ics’ in any photo – mean­ing the ar­range­ment of lines and shapes and how def­i­nite they are to the viewer – are in one sense a sep­a­rate mat­ter from the ac­tual sub­jects and set­ting. The au­di­ence gets a form of sat­is­fac­tion from see­ing el­e­ments lin­ing up that you might not have ex­pected to.

A step to one side and wait­ing for the right mo­ment brought a small but neat con­nec­tion be­tween the palm tree and this In­dian farmer lead­ing his cow to drink

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