Balance is nice, but non balance can be ever better. If non balance is the right word for it.
When you know balance you can start experimenting with non balance. Thereby you strain both the image and the viewer. Strain are for questions and telling stories where the ending is not obvious. Often it will hang in the air for all to speculate about. It creates tension.
I am not saying that non balance is the main road in all matters, but it certainly works in some cases. When I look at this image I don’t have the feeling that the whole thing is going to tip to the rights because of the visual overweigh. Perceptually that seemingly overweight on the right side is compensated, or if you wish counterbalanced, by the tiny songbird in the slim frame on the left side. And the almost empty space beneath it.
Who is to determinate if a photograph is in balance or not? Who is to calculate the weight of a songbird in a visual gage? There is only one to do it. You may know him or her. I am sure of it.
Good luck with experimenting with non balance. If that is the right word for it?
© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. Text and photo.
Copenhagen, June 4, 2013.
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