Finding graphic echoes
Look out for clear graphic forms that repeat each other, but as separate subjects
Another way in which elements can coincide in an image is in what I call a ‘graphic echo’. This is usually either by shape or by colour, and sometimes, as in this case, by both. There are no hard and fast rules for this kind of correspondence, but if you attune your eye to spot them, consciously look for them, you may be surprised by how often they appear. In either case, it helps if they are clear and simple. So, shapes that are distinctive and recognisable tend to do well, such as a triangle (although, in fact, triangles tend to be so common that their coincidence value isn’t that high). Colours that echo one another are, on the whole, easier to spot, but making a coincidence depends on them standing out from their surroundings, such as when they are the only bright patches of colour in an otherwise drab setting. Here, both shape and colour reinforce each other. An established feature of this Caribbean Colombian city are fruit sellers from the nearby town of Palenque, and they are known best for selling watermelons. Here, one is sliced open to show its rich red colour, and the curving yellow line just inside the skin is echoed in the curving yellow frill on the seller’s dress.
The red crescent bordered with pale yellow of a cut slice of watermelon is echoed in the dress of the woman selling fruit in Cartagena, Colombia