Most often in photography, the impact of an image is dominated by the lines, colors & forms of what is being photographed. Another technique that can be very effective is emphasizing what ISN’T in the image. The photograph above (which will be available in our upcoming June website update) illustrates this emphasis on negative space. On initial inspection, it seems to be a picture of leaves, but just as important is the white “negative space” that defines the leaves. I purposefully overexposed the frame slightly to really emphasize the negative space, and to show the vasculature of the leaves.
Interestingly, leaves absorb & use all the wavelengths of light for photosynthesis, except for the green part of the spectrum. The leaves thus reflect the green light and absorb all the other wavelengths.
So in effect, the picture is just as much about what isn’t there as it is about what is there. The empty spaces define the shapes of the leaves, and the all the light but green disappears into the energy production process; and making oxygen for us to breathe as a byproduct!
Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below.