Totally different feeling when the shot is taken below a lamp than above, right?
In this one, the lamp almost acts like a sun or moon, a source of life and light. You can see the beautiful detail in the shade surrounding the light, making it almost have a surrealistic feel.
What would the personality be of this lamp? Holy? Lonely? A lost soul finding its way?
Perhaps its just a beautiful demonstration of the work put into the lamp, but I always believe there's more than what meets the eye.
Photograph by Unknown.
Our second challenge this month focuses on interior objects. Let's take something as simple as a lamp and look at it from different perspectives.
To the left you see an image of a lamp from above. How does it make you feel? Do you feel that the lamp appears sad, as the head of the lamp is drooping away from the viewer? If you were to give a personality to this lamp, what would the lamp be like? Does the lamp feel empowered, as it rises above the rest of the objects below?
Even with the simplest objects, you can make the message complex.
Photograph by Airy Pendant Lights.
Now, let's look at a typical photograph of a lamp, taken from the side view, which is the view we are used to.
While it's not as powerful at first glance as the first two images, there is still a lot to be said about this image.
First, look at how the light is leaving the lamp. It's leaving through the top, and bottom, creating curves that make your eye travel around the photograph, off the edges, and back in. While the background is soft and flows with the curved lines, the lamp stands strong and a bit more stern in front. A strong warrior emitting light and hope for all.
The best thing to do to try to make your photograph interesting and different from photographs already taken, is to find an image that gives your object a personality and a story.