Black & White Sunday: Perspective and Anti-Perspective (response to Guest Challenge)

This post is my response to guest challenge hosted by Tobias. His theme is perspective and anti-perspective. Please read his post to get an idea what you are supposed to do.

And here is my entry:







To join this week’s Black & White challenge, read Tobias’s post (he is my host today) and link to this or his post. Your entries will be displayed here and linked to. Have a happy and productive Sunday!


Look at the contributions of other bloggers by clicking on titles bellow:

Suzanne’s perspective and anti-perspective

Perspective by Klara

Perspective and Anti-Perspective by SNS

Perspective by Yvette

“Runner in the City”

Unusual perspective on Riddarholmen

Different Perspectives

Guest Challenge: Perspective and Anti-Perspective for Black & White Sunday




Why black and white? I can think of several answers to that question, one of them being: Because it is abstract; after all you leave out colour. Another answer could be: Because black and white photography is a wonderful way to tackle geometry.

Hopping aboard a different train of thought, I remember Hans Belting, a German art historian, stating that a camera is machine for making perspectives. Looking further into perspective, I learned that some Avant-Garde Artists of the Renaissance era claimed that perspective was about geometry (my German source for this claim is Albrecht Dürer, but I am sure there are also Italian sources).

Perspective – geometry – black and white photography: This is how things seem to connect. Against this background, I would like you to challenge the idea that perspective is inevitable in a photo. If you like, make two photos of the same object: One containing as much and the other one as little perspective as you can.

(And if you really get interested in this topic: Study the work of Ellsworth Kelly. I think he teaches us a lot not only about abstraction but also about perspective.)




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