The title of the book is Itching Images.
What are Itching Images? What are the characteristics of an Itching Image?
An Itching Image is a photographs with an extra. Something that sticks out and stays with you. You can sense the presence of the photographer.
Common for all itching images is that they show that you have taken charge. You at not led by the technical capacities of the camera, nor are you dictated by what is going on around you. You have taken the drivers seat. You are in charge.
There are many ways you can show that you are in charge. They can all be seen in the photographs. It is no longer a question about that THINK you are in charge. Your likes or dislikes are rather unimportant. There will always be levels of subjectivity, sure, but in making Itching Images subjectivity takes a second seat. Charge is there for all to see.
But, but, but: You need the capacity to read visuals. If you have that you will probably have the capacity to make itching images too.
Here are the roads to making Itching Images. There are three types:
1. You take charge of the whole image and makes sure that there is not too much or too little information. Your message comes through stressing the whole image.
2. You take charge of a part, or parts, of the whole image and make your points so strong that other information being there are kept in their place. Your message comes through stressing parts of an image.
3. You combine 1 and 2 in taking charge of both the whole image and distinctive parts at the same time. Your message comes through stressing the whole image and parts of the image.
None of these are better than the others but the more wholeness you get in your photograph, the less are the chances that your image will fall apart by people concentrating on irrelevant items.
In analysing whole and parts you could have a go at the photographs above. What type would you say it was: 1, 2 or 3?
I have my answer ready.
There will be plenty of examples of itching models later on. In fact many are already here. What is described in this post are itching types and not the variety of itching models that can be included in each of the types.
Good luck with it.
Terms to memorize: Itching Image, take charge, whole, parts, itching type, itching model.
August 22, 2013.
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