Photo Composition Tools: Integrating Subject with Environment

Model Ammalynn devoured by a hedge

Imagine a school portrait- it’s a subject in front of a background, plain and simple and boring.  The photo can be jazzed up to some degree- for example, these vintage ethnographic images, or any of Richard Avedon’s classically minimalist portraits- but my personal feeling at the moment is, I want to create portraits that involve a person with an environment.

Model Ammalynn shot in a Portland sports bar

This interaction means some touching, some elements in the foreground as well as the background to give the illusion of depth on a 2-dimensional plane.

The overall effect is to make use of more “real world” settings and create more of a scene in the sense that old movies had big practical sets that the actors rampaged around and everything had an aura of authenticity.

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I'm a multimedia artist in Phoenix, AZ. Main Site - Instagram @primordialcreative + twitter @dbmillerphoto

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