Photography brings Order to Chaos

What can you do with a bunch of seemingly unrelated images? Its amazing how sequencing, literally moving the images around and re-ordering them on the desktop, can produce new possibilities, new themes and new meanings.

What strikes me about these images, many of them film-based, is not so much the subject matter but the design elements within each photo. Color, light, line, shape and texture can, in fact, be the subject matter of a photograph. And by moving the images around its amazing how you can find just the right sequence to bring a sense of order, cohesive and even meaning to what would otherwise be a fairly unrelated and unremarkable group of images.

Actually these images have lived together for a little while, in the portfolio section of this site. Just for fun I thought I'd put them together into a slideshow. So, after 10 minutes of sequencing, I had edited down the numbers of files to a decent group of images that make sense together.

If you run through this short slide show a few times you may noticed the images have been placed into groups of three. As the flow isn't perfect I have a few options I could explore.

 

  • To look for more images. But, as I wanted to challenge myself to work with an altready existing group of photos, that was not an option.
  • Remove some more photos from the sequence. That's always a good option.
  • In a traditonal gallery environment I'd separate small, tight groups of images with space, prior to grouping another series of photos together. This technique places emphasis on each group of photos and allows the space to break up any discord that might occur as the viewer moves from one group of images to another.  

 

Perhaps this is an exercise you could try for yourself? But don't do it just to find an order or pattern in your sequencing that works. The process of sequencing can actually help you understand what the photos are about and, as a consequence, why you do what you do. Anyone can blabber all day about how they did something. Heck! I've been known to do it myself. But the what and why are often far more interesting areas that all creative types need to explore.

I'd go as far to say that the quest to find answers to those two questions might be the key definning element that separates the artist from the craftsman. And, in case I didn't make my point clearly enough, its the process involved in answering those questions, rather than the answers themselves, that define what the aritst does. And that, in a strange kind of way, brings us back to the other question, how.

By the way, I think this sequence of images still needs work. But, while I love sharing my images over the web, its not the same as a gallery space.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru