Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. What about photography? Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art. For instance, try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. The statements they make together may be contradictory, but remember: break the rules and experiment.
There are so many things that can be merged in photos – light, shadow, texture. There is merging of natural and man-made objects or of day and night – so many possibilities!
I love the merging of reality and image in this shot. London is a city of windows, and sometimes it’s just fun to sit back and look at things through a different perspective, such as the reflection of the building in front of you.
Wintercity in Toronto is one of my favourite events of the season. Each year it seems that another amazing arts group is on display at City Hall – at the time this was taken, an eco ballet, done on movable casters and in the air around us was performed, with artists such as this moving amongst us – merging art with spectators. Lovely. The shot below is another Wintercity exhibit, merging the heat and fire of the fire pots with the cold (and it was bitter!) of January at night.
Finally, my most recent merge – of earth and sky, of the end of the day and the start of the night. This is part of the view on my drive home every night and I count myself a lucky person each day I see it.
Let’s see what you can MERGE in a photo!
Tip: The various genres of photography have different principles. For example, architecture photography is about capturing the lines, perspectives, light and shadows, details, and patterns of the design. In performing arts, it is about capturing a dancer’s fleeting moments and the incredible lighting (on stage). Capture some of these elements, and the arts can be merged beautifully.
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