SEMANTIC DYNAMICS OF DESIGN ELEMENTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Abstract

Author(s): Ismail Erim Gulact?

Although the relationship between photography and design is difficult to understand immediately, it includes elements the photographer uses together with one another without awareness in all kinds of photographs. Design in photography, which can be described as a masterful arrangement of visual information in the frame for a purpose and a vision, necessitates the inclusion of some pictorial elements in this arrangement as well as excluding some others. Some items are highlighted whereas some are trivialized, and different meanings can be attributed to the same photograph. The design in photography is not rigid, but rather flexible. Although it is difficult to define it, the design in photography is different from the composition in that design is a process, and the composition is the result the audience can understand at the end of this process. This requires not the ‘decisive’ moment the viewers expect or is there but seeing what is there, and work with it. In this study, critical photographic design components such the role of the viewfinder, decisions about the angle and distance from the subject and graphic design components like lines, limits and interruptions as well as their meaning within the design of photography are examined. Finally, relevant conclusions are drawn, and their impacts are discussed.

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