Elements

Taking a look deeper into the formal elements of photography and how they relate to the elements of a construction site is the basis of this project. Construction: we live with it every day, and the roads around us are forever changing and moving. Crumbling and cracking – change continuously happens. Most of the time we look at a construction site as a hassle, something that impedes our path to the places we want to go. We must change our driving route, take the other sidewalk, have our views obstructed with half-built skyscrapers – the list goes on. Comprehension of lines and angles is the study of geometry, and we are surrounded by geometry every day. Whether we know it or not, we see all sorts of angles on an everyday basis. The corners of a room, the way a ladder rests against a house, and through the building of a construction site or photo. The skeleton of a building site is there for our eyes only for a short time, the base of the building made up of lines and angles, a grid foundation at its core. They start from the basics building from the site up, mapping the location of each beam, angle and cross-bar.  This is similar to the construction of a photo – the elements you start with are the grid on the camera, setting up the shot, building it from the frame, composing it to its scale and height, starting with nothing and then through lines and angles making something fresh and interesting. The frame of an image is created by two vertical lines and two horizontal lines. The intersection of these lines is called an eye. The diagonals connecting these lines form the breakdown of an image, the grid that constructs it. Combining these two ideas of photography and construction we can start to compare and contrast to see what is underneath it all.

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