We have learned in class that it is difficult to take a picture of an everyday item, when you are not portraying it in a new way. A great way to put a different spin on a photograph of something normal is to show it from a different angle or perspective. A tweet from Professor Wolff brought me to the article, “A collection of Low to the Ground Images” by Darlene Hildebrandt. Taking photos from the ground or from high up in the air, gives a perspective that many do not get and it will allow the viewer to see the subject in a new way.
For example, these two pictures taken by my classmates are of the same bike stand. Gianna’s picture on the right shows the bikes as we would see them as we walk up, along with the sidewalk underneath, the bench in front, and the building to the right. We are able to see the whole side of the bicycle. Katie’s photograph on the other hand, is taken from a lower angle. She is closer to the bike rank and positioned lower so that it looks as if we are looking up at the bicycles. The center of her photo is the front wheel of the first bike, instead of the whole bike. This view also allows us to see the different lines and patterns created by the stand.
The following picture “Tube Mice” by Aaron Yeoman is included in the Hildebrandt collection:
It is very similar to the picture Christine tweeted:
Both photographs were taken with the camera on the surface from a worm’s eye view. Both photographers choose to photograph very public places where almost everyone (at least in our area) have been in their lifetime. Subways and the boardwalk are things that I have grown up on, and could describe them well to almost anyone who asks. These photographers give us a view of something we almost never see. We see the texture of the surface very well. So well we could probably describe how it feels. Both photographs also have leading lines that force the viewers eyes to follow the lines and move towards the center of the picture.
Eric Ashton did a great job showing the Rowan campus from a new perspective. By getting on the ground to take this picture and putting himself in a position that must students never get on, Eric was able to show us campus in a way none of us have ever seen it.
My favorite photo in “A collection of Low to the Ground Images” is “Walking in a Snow Storm” by Tishan Baldeo.
I love this picture because of the simplicity of it. The focus is the (lower half of the) person walking, and in the background is the oncoming bus. Because the photo is taken from the worm’s eye view, we clearly see the snow as the surface and the tracks being made in it. We see the boots covered in snow and the headlight of the bus. This photograph is of such a normal event, and could be taken of any person, in any northern state, any winter day. It is the perspective that makes the photograph so beautiful.
So next time you go to take a picture of everyday life, like your coffee, your bestfriend, the sunset, or your new boots, try to take the picture from a different angle. A new perspective can make something ordinary, extraordinary.