The use of negative and positive space within photo composition aids in directing where you want the viewer’s eye to go.
Hop on over to Amy’s The World is a Book to journey through her images of positive and negative space.
a photo study of rhythm created with bricks…
hop on over to Ben’s photo challenge: Out of This World
it’s a crooked path
to the New Year’s shelf
in their fading,
this moment soon to follow —
shadows on the snow
Nighttime in the forest is not like nighttime in the city or on a farm. At night, the sacred forest declares its absolute authority. The curtain of darkness is thick and secretive. …I heard many eerie cries coming from the forest. By eight o’clock it was already night, and the forest’s dominance was restored. The whole universe sank into a profound silence that, at the same time, vibrated with life. I could almost hear the majestic steps of the mountain god as he leaped between the towering trees.
On full moon nights, none of us could sleep. One time, I was up late writing… When the moon and forest were together they created a profoundly marvelous and mysterious atmosphere, unlike any we had experienced before. The silence was total, yet, we could hear moon and forest speaking to each other. They were no longer two, but had become one. If you took away the moon, the forest would cease to be. If you took away the forest, the moon would not be. We wouldn’t be standing by the moonlit window if moon and forest ceased to be.
~Thich Nhat Hanh (Fragrant Palm Leaves, pg. 22)
One of the interesting things about photography is the fact that it’s record of ourselves and our works so often do not correspond to our mental image… Generally we assume that the difference between our expectation and the camera’s evidence is the result of some kind of photographic aberration.
~Henri Cartier Bresson