Juxtaposition in Images

Following on from the comment my tutor made during the feedback received from my last assignment, whilst out on a recent walk I made myself aware of juxtaposition in images.  This is not as easy a task as you would expect; sometimes juxtaposition jumps out at you, and other times you really need to go and search for it.

Dunlop (2012) states that:

Juxtaposition happens when there are two or more elements in a scene that either contrast each other, or one element contributes towards another to create an overall theme.

As with all things photography, juxtaposition is very subjective and much time can be taken to produce images containing forced juxtaposition to ensure that the viewer ‘gets’ what you are trying to say, so by forcing the subject you can be sure that your message is understood – lots of advertising is conducted in this way.

Unforced juxtaposition is a chance sighting of two, three or even more elements that just happen to be grouped together by chance and make for an interesting subject or just a nice image to look at.

During my walk I visited an old fort, that is quiet run down, but still has some interesting wartime elements contained within its walls.  Below are the images I found of plants growing in and around the structure, which in my mind juxtapose war and peace very well…

 

Source:

Reference:

Dunlop, J., Dunlop, M.  (n.d.) How to Effectively use Juxtaposition in Your Photos [Online Article].  Available at: http://www.expertphotography.com/advanced-composition-techniques-juxtaposition [Accessed 10 July 2013].

Bibliography:

Dunlop, J., Dunlop, M.  (n.d.) How to Effectively use Juxtaposition in Your Photos [Online Article].  Available at: http://www.expertphotography.com/advanced-composition-techniques-juxtaposition [Accessed 10 July 2013].

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