Composition as Narrative

We were given a lecture on narrative and how composition can help to create a visual narrative. We looked at various examples from well known Photographers such as Henri Cartier Breton and Andre Kertesz and how they took a different perspective when it came to photographing people and events. They were interested in looking at the spectators rather than the spectacle.

We then preceded to depict an image given to us and create 12 different perspectives. The end product resulted in a visual narrative being created which we then turned into a book.

I found it to be quite interesting how one image can be transformed into 12 different images and with that a book. It really made me consider the importance of composition of an image and how each decision affects the overall message that is being communicated. It is definitely something to take note of in future projects as one small change can alter the mood and emotion depicted.

This is the outcome from the session. It felt a little strange to have created this in such a short space of time and so with that in mind I am pleased and with that emphasises how so many perspectives can be taken from a single image.


Author: marislathamgraphics

I am a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying BA Hons Graphic Communication.

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