Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Juxt... J... Juxtap p p... Juxtaposition.
Juxtaposition... a word that I've heard thrown around so many times since entering art college. To put two images that have opposing content or contextual meaning, together creating a desired or undesired new meaning or relation. In many cases there can be some serendipitous juxtapositions that aren't necessarily intended. While these results can be powerful and unexpected it is probably important to keep an eye out for juxtaposition in design to avoid creating something too contextually off kilter. On the other hand considering observations in juxtaposition when designing can successfully alter meaning, and allow for previously unattainable compositions that appeal to the viewer's sensibilities on a deeper level. Cropping also plays a big part in keeping whatever cohesion is necessary in the composition, and to add drama and tension.