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
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  • 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.



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. 


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