You don’t have to take a stand on this on the spot, but look at the two image for a while and see that they are very different. Yet, they are the same only mirrored.
The first image is the original. The second its mirror.
Not only have the persons changed places, but the story they tell are very different too. In the first image the man is leading the lady in the dance. The third person standing in the upper right corner is clearly the looser in the threesome.
Mirror the photo and that is not the story told. Here the lady has turned into the leading partner. The dark lady in the left side corner is no longer the loosed. She is neutral or even supervising the dancers. She is on top of the situation.
This change of stories has to two with the placement of people within the frame and where they are related to the left and right half of the frame. The left side is the stronger side. From there comes strength, supervision, the driver’s force. Even optimism.
The right side stands in opposition to this.
You might argue that in the mirrored image even the leading lady is on the right side. That might be so but she is still on the left side compared to the gentleman.
You can have our own experiment by mirroring one of your photographs where there is a good distribution left and right. Do it, and tell the two very different stories that most likely come out of it.
Is left always going to be the stronger side? Not necessarily because there are forces that probably could level the dynamics at play here. But in general, all others things being equal, the left is the stronger side.
Has this anything to do with cultural traditions? Like the fact that we in some parts of the world generally orientate us from left to right? Like in reading and writing?
The answer: It migth very well be so.
Good luck with it mirroring you images.
© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. Text and photo.
Copenhagen, May 31, 2013.
This post is in category Bits And Pieces.