Find­ing matches

A lot of co­in­ci­dence in pho­tog­ra­phy comes from a point of view: yours

NPhoto - - Niko Pedia -

Co­in­ci­dence is of­ten (you might say even usu­ally) in the eye of the be­holder. This is what gives it a cre­ative edge, be­cause you’re ba­si­cally say­ing to the viewer ‘I made this con­nec­tion, and it’s not all that ob­vi­ous, but I’d like to share it with you’.

Point of view has a dou­ble mean­ing here. There’s the me­chan­i­cal point of view, which is how you po­si­tion your­self for a view­point that points out the co­in­ci­dence, to­gether with the fo­cal length, what you cut out of the frame, whether you get both things sharply fo­cused, and so on. Then there’s point of view in the sense of your opin­ion: what you ac­tu­ally think about the jux­ta­po­si­tion of things. I’ve cho­sen this shot de­lib­er­ately for be­ing a bit bor­der­line, ten­ta­tive. I saw a co­in­ci­dence, but not ev­ery­one will, and some might think it’s not a con­nec­tion even worth mak­ing. In some ways, find­ing your own co­in­ci­dences is like telling a joke. If it’s too ob­vi­ous it’s just not funny. If the au­di­ence don’t get it be­cause it’s too ob­scure, it’s re­ally not funny. Vis­ual co­in­ci­dences in pho­tog­ra­phy work best when they just hit the right spot. If you make a habit of look­ing for co­in­ci­dences, and shoot­ing what­ever you can find, you can be sure that some will fall flat, and also that they de­pend on the in­di­vid­ual viewer.

An­other thing that vis­ual co­in­ci­dences have in com­mon with telling jokes is that you can never ex­plain them. If you need to, you al­ready lost, so move on to the next shot. Be care­ful what you say in the cap­tion.

A vis­ual co­in­ci­dence of shape and po­si­tion in a small street in Carta­gena, Colom­bia. Mu­rals and graf­fiti make an easy start­ing point

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.