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An Exercise in Design

 

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

While this image features subject matter that is familiar to many who visit Thailand it was, in fact, made over the border in the far less visited country of Myanmar (Burma).

While a very simple image the composition does rely on several important design elements. The warm golden tones of the jewellery and earth against the women’s blue clothing, the smoothness of the jewellery against the cracked earth and skin and the sense of balance and rhythm achieved through the arrangement of pairs throughout the image. You’ll notice that most elements in the image (hands, feet, legs, shoes, bangles, etc) are arranged in pairs.

I spent around 20 minutes photographing these women. I made head and shoulder portraits and some quite complex and difficult to set up group shots. This image, the first of the series, was really just a quick shot to set the picture making process into motion. Nevertheless, it is the design elements mentioned that first caught my eye and which I needed to bring together, in a cohesive manner, to make ‘something out of nothing’.

The image was made with a Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm Summicron f2 Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Professional E100VS film.

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© Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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