Reverberations | David English

What do music and photography have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out. You might think of one as moving and the other as static. However, photography — even within its fixed frame — can flow from one extreme to another. Or it can set up a pattern that repeats and evolves within the frame. Like contrapuntal music, a photo can have a rhythm and counter-rhythm, with melodies and structures that reflect and play off of each other. How do you create these kinds of rhythms and counter-rhythms within a photo? One way is to use reflecting surfaces as part of the subject matter. With reflections, you have the possibility of seeing the original image alongside its many permutations, much like the variations you see in a rippling pond. You can also use reflecting surfaces to create a complex composition out of very simple elements. The sonic equivalent for these pond-like reflections might be the auditory reverberations you hear in a large space, such as a cathedral or stadium. Just as a concert hall has a distinct signature based on the shape of the building and location of the reflective surfaces, a reverberating photo can have a distinct signature based on the objects, light, and shadows within the frame. Where a concert hall will sound different depending on your seat or the frequency of the sound, a reverberating photo can have an entirely different look depending on the photographer’s position and quality of light (due to shifts in the light throughout the day or from variations in the weather)………


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