Dane is an Architecture undergraduate student at North Dakota State University. He will be receiving his undergraduate degree in May of 2013, and will thereafter pursue a graduate degree in the field of Architecture. Dane hails from the suburbs of Minneapolis but has been living in Fargo, North Dakota since 2008. His interests include Architecture, Music, Urban Design, and Technology.
Here is a collection of photos that exemplify the 13 concepts of composition in photography, as defined in National Geographic’s Complete Photography:
1) Focal Point
All photos taken by myself, at some point in time, at some earthly location.
Lauren Greenfield’s photography video is a provocative commentary on American consumerist culture, comprised of still photographs appearing in view only for about one to two seconds at a time, dynamically moving in and out and discreetly directing your focus to different elements of the photo. This approach more interesting than still photographs progressing like a slideshow. Music that is rhythmically upbeat but thematically scornful music plays over the visuals, with lyrics alluding to moral impairment, perhaps in society or in specific cultures.
On Scott McCloud’s Iconic-Realistic-Abstract Triangle, this work could be placed about on the bottom, in the center. The photography is realistic, portraying events and situations we can all expect to be a part of every day life for these people, these subjects, and it also implies some more abstract notions regarding money, sex appeal, social injustice, and their relationship to American culture. I would like to substitute Word-Picture Combinations with Music-Picture Combinations, since text is largely absent and music is the main interacting force with the visuals. I would define this combination as Interdependent. At first glance one might assume Montage because of the way the photographs move through time like a montage, but once you experience the work about half way through, you begin to realize certain correlations between the lyrics and theme of the song and the apparent theme of the photographs. Greenfield’s work portrays a blatant Moment to Moment approach to closure. Images flash from one to the next, giving only an instant for the viewer to make judgements before being thrown into a new, transient experience.