Juxtaposition- What is it?
juxtapose |ˈjəkstəˌpōz; ˌjəkstəˈpōz|verb [ trans. ]
- the placement of two things (usually abstract concepts) near each other.
- two subjects close together creating a contrasting effect : black-and-white photos of slums were starkly juxtaposed with color images.
- the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side; also : the state of being so placed
- Light can be used to imply depth by finding situations where a brightly lit subject is juxtaposed against a detail that’s in shadow.
- Subtle colored backgrounds harmonize the juxtaposition of black-and-white sketches and prints with color reproductions.
USING JUXTAPOSITION IN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY-
The next time you see a grand mountain or large monument or building you want to shoot, try to think of how you can further the idea of that grand subject with juxtaposition.
- Use something into the foreground to create the feeling or idea you’re trying to get across.
- In a landscape shoot, try to look for something small in the foreground to place in contrast to the large mountain in the background.
- Look for something that tells the story. A river leading into the scene or boulders that are slowly falling off the face of the mountain and are destined to become pebbles at the bottom of the stream.