Discussing Composition…..

What is Composition?

  1. In general, the term “composition” has two distinctive, yet related meanings. First and foremost, “composition” describes placement of relative objects and elements in a work of art. Consequently,composition is a key aspect of a good work of art.
  2. It is how the Elements of Art and Design –line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space – are organized or composed according to the Principles of Art and Design – balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, unity/variety – and other Elements of Composition, to give the painting structure and convey …

‘…it is the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. They must keep something of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country…’


In Last nights Picture Maker’s class we discussed ‘composition’ and looked at the book ‘Paradise Park‘ a photographic book of images compiled and edited by karen Ingham and text by Robert Minhinnick. A book of beautiful and vibrant photographs produced in the Townhill community in Swansea, Wales in early 2000.

Students looked at the striking composition of images using; different vantage point, depth of field, focus, balance and tension.

Lindsey Wallace
Katie Watts



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