Negative Space

According to Wikipedia, negative space is the space around and in between the subject(s) of an image. The use of negative space, in photography, is a key element in an artistic composition. Most often, negative space is used as a neutral or contrasting background to draw attention to the  main subject.

I set out to create my photo this week by re-shooting a dried flower arrangement I really like. I muted the background of the wooden table to decrease the texture and interest of the table to keep the viewer’s focus on the arrangement. I really liked this shot although not technically difficult to produce. I do love the neutral, muted shades of brown…


But then I decided to be a bit more creative and shoot a shot a bit more meaningful to me. I used my fading Valentine’s Day roses and added a transparent gradient filter to the shot to give the image more light where I wanted. Again, this is a more muted coloration and I felt, lacked the depth of feeling I was trying to portray.


Using the same flower/set up, I changed my orientation so the vase the flower was in could be seen. This eliminated the “free floating in space” feeling the above image portrayed. I included more color in this last shot and again used a transparent gradient to put the color exactly where I wanted color.

The difference in this shot portrayed exactly what I wanted to convey. We all are beautiful inside even though we may “drop a few petals” here and there. Our edges may be frayed but it doesn’t change the inner beauty of all us have inside. Finally… a photo edited to show exactly what I wanted the viewer to see. A once perfect rose now imperfect with age. 

This is the shot I submitted for this week’s theme/photo challenge. It not only portrays negative space around the flower but it screams to me how age doesn’t negate beauty. Maybe the reason I like this photo so much is because I can relate to this flower. Lately, I feel like I may have dropped a few petals. Fortunately, those closest to me see inner beauty; they see my value instead of my flaws. For this reason, I like this rose much more now showing its age then I did when it was delivered so fresh and perfect. It’s easy (easier) to capture perfection but truly, what is “perfect”? Instead, this photo of the aged rose was more “real” to me. I guess I can relate to its imperfections? 


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