Definitions from the “a photogenic world” dictionary:
Or maybe this:
Negative Space (noun) – a geographical area devoid of possibilities, for example Darlington today where amongst the hundreds of people teeming around High Row I failed to find a suitable subject for almost an hour.
Or it could be:
Negative Space (noun) – the location between the writer’s ears, and the limiting beliefs contained therein which explain why amongst the hundreds of people teeming around High Row I failed to find a suitable subject for almost an hour.
I’ve written before about the types of people that I’m reluctant to approach for a portrait, and today those self imposed filters worked against me. I was reminded of the Henry Ford maxim “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
Eventually, after rejecting some perfectly good possibilities I encountered Lorraine and Julia in conversation, but their body language suggested they were each about to walk away in opposite directions. If I waited a little while one of them must surely pass my way. Of course as I thought this they each turned slightly to give the other more attention. Clearly the conversation was going to last longer than anticipated. I very nearly gave up at that point but with limited other chances to photograph someone later in the day I decided to abandon one of my “rules” about photographing pairs.
After a little token resistance, “I’m not photogenic”, “I haven’t any make up on.” and “Can I wear my sunglasses?” I got their agreement, though the result is more of a snap than a portrait (one of the usual outcomes when not shooting an individual). Not photogenic my ****!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, once I’d captured a picture I spotted lots of other possible subjects who had come my way too late to make it onto today’s space on my memory card.
One of the reasons that I don’t like shooting pairs is the tendency to create a balance with each either side of some notional centre line. With an individual I can make use of negative space.
With photoshop I can create something that I didn’t capture in camera. (Sorry Lorraine, but it was easier to achieve this effect with Julia’s position in the original!)
- Making the Most of Negative Space: Inspiration (inspiredm.com)