Composition - bottom edge
I like looking at composition. Shooting a couple of houses recently for a newspaper, I learned that they only accept shots which are framed ‘straight on’, which I would probably refer to more as ‘elevational’. There’s a lot of scope for different photographs within that rather loose definition, of course, but putting everything together in a related compositional style does give a collection of photographs a commonality that I find interesting.
It could be said that it all becomes a bit cliche, of course, but I prefer to think of it more along the lines of genre cinema - works that all obey conventions but which gain something from sticking to them.
Georges Polti famously hoped to describe every possible dramatic situation and narrowed it down to an impressive thirty six, but I would hope to do no such thing. However, I think I will start cataloguing some of my favourite compositional typologies or photographic cliches. Not because I’m looking down at them - far from it - but because I enjoy them. Let’s start with…
01: Bottom Edge
Let me know of any other shots of this type you you have to share. And do come back for more compositional typologies in the future, or let me know of your own favourites.