The Creative Eye

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

And now for something completely fact, something really cerebral this evening - literally - 'cos our presenter this evening was talking about how we see images in our brains - in other words the psychology of art and in particular photography. Gordon Joslin LRPS encouraged us to consider composition and colour in drawings, paintings and photography with the aim of translating these into our own images at the time of taking (with, perhaps, a little help from Photoshop in the final stages!).

We started off with Gestalt psychology - particularly multistability when we can see a shape in more than one way, and once we've cracked that, we see the two images popping back and forth almost as we blink.

Creativity's all about using the right side of our brains apparently - that's the where imagination exists according to those in the know about these things!

Gordon led us into looking at the importance of gaps in our images - the mind seems to like these! He took us to the Sistine Chapel and the painting of the creation of Adam by Michelangelo (now there's someone who had good reason to complain of a bad back!!) and how the gap between God's and Adam's fingers was so important - then relating this to some of our own photographs.

He also took us in to the field of geometry in photographs ie the importance of arrangements in triangles and of using diagonals to good effect.

Interesting to see that a worldwide survey of favourite landscapes came up with the same basic composition wasn't it: cliff on the left, water occupying a central position and a tree roughly on the right-hand third!

There was lots more but this would turn out to be less of a blog and more of an essay - so thanks for a really interesting evening Gordon - you really gave us something to think about in that time before we press the shutter button!


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