Symbolism in Photography.
March 7th 2008 00:05
What could be more filled with symbolism and emotion than a wedding. For those who opt for them it is an emotion charged day and the photography should capture some of that as it surrounds each wedding.
This particular shot and the setting tunes into the symbolism dramatically as the venue forms a protective arm about all of the participants on this occasion with the bride the central focus.
This second unique image captures a pattern and design in its central and sectioned presentation. One would need to know the religious background of the photo-artist to understand what it represents, but its capturing takes it beyond the idea of a photo "of" say, fruit, flowers, pattern or design and the colouring for many would have some symbolism attached to that.
It does have a very calming effect along with the intrigue suggested by the symbolic design within.
Pictorialism is a style of photography that came into vogue around the turn of the 20th century which featured photography withinthe artistic movements of the time–symbolism, impressionism, etc. much of the work looked very much like the impressionist painting of the time.
The movement did not last long as the Modernists took over and a more realistic and journalistic use of the camera evolved. But the Pictorialists with their classical aesthetic appreciation produced some truly beautiful work.
I think everyone will embrace the emotion symbolised by the bright natural light highlighting the stark contrast of the barren branches of the tree. It suggests enlightenment and renewal and an appreciation of what is passing and has past and the origins of the present. To many it is the "Tree of Life"
Some say this represents the consciousness awareness created by Carl Yung who emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy.
Walking alone through this curved archway tunnel suggests loneliness and risk taking and a sense of destiny and destination and the need of a lone human being to make contact with others crossing the barriers which separate people, be they real or symbolic.
Windows make wonderful photographs, the "eyes are the windows of the soul" this particular one represents neglect and disrepair which is represented whatever the focus of your attention is.
Everywhere you look, in this photo, symbolises age and neglect, the window is closed, the closing off of life, and the shutting out of the harsh elements, but at the same time accepting no fresh air, but a lone pigeon, barely discernible in the antiquated frame, sits on a corner of the window sill, taking cover, shelter, rest and respite before it takes off on its journey again, and it is this very small extra touch that inspires me just that little bit further than if it were not there.
It would still have been a touching picture without the pigeon, but the pigeon brings it to life and adds a different perspective to the photograph with all of the attendant symbolism and emotion.
I do hope that as you look at the images I put up for you regularly, you will concentrate on enhancing your awareness and that this flows through to your own photographic skills.
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