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Kat Sloma, at Exploring with a Camera, is asking us to explore the use of empty space in a photograph.

As she explains it, space is always part of an image in some form, even as the space between individual subjects in the photograph.  In this instance, she’s talking about space as an element in its own right.  And, for that to happen, empty space has to take up at least half of the photograph.

I’ve pulled a few examples of the use of space in my photography.  I use it a lot.

Sometimes I think it’s because I live in a big, crowded city. I love a sense of spaciousness –  I can’t get enough of it.  Other times, I know that it’s simply a great way to frame a subject or give it emphasis.

The image below is almost an abstract..which I love.  The object in the corner is a lamp base, which I used to anchor the shot of this amazing and gorgeous red.  The red is the surface of an antique table top.

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In this image, I use the wooden decking – and its beautiful and textured silver hue, to frame and contrast the lone autumn leaf.  It was the first autumn leaf I’d seen as summer was slowly slipping into fall.

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Here, the underexposed interior of the doorway, sets off the blue sky and umbrella.

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And, here, those sumptuous round lily pads provide a gorgeous green back drop to the self-portrait taken in Arizona this summer.  A lovely reminder of a contemplative moment on my trip.

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I’m sneaking this one in!  I’d say the hills take up half the space..wouldn’t you! In a way, this image is a portrait of the lush, green, Sierra Madre mountains…When it’s rainy season, the mountains are transformed from brown and almost barren, dusty hillsides to these green, lush, rolling mountains.

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And, finally, one of my favourites.  Kind of a minimalist shot.  Portrait of…well, what is it – a portrait of orange?  The electrical metre?  The aging wall?  You decide.  For me, I like the simplicity and incongruity of this photograph.  And, of course, I love the colour orange.

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For more about the use of space in photography, check out Exploring with a Camera, over at KatEyeStudio.  Thanks, Kat!

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