I talked in my previous post about trying to find new ways of seeing scenes by using my camera to view Black and White compositions. To continue this theme and my images from Milan, here is a new perspective on the City. It’s been shot from the roof of the Duomo in the centre of Milan and gives a new perspective on what most images don’t capture. I find that getting high (usually very high) can make an image much more interesting than taking the usual shot. Whilst I have managed to find a high vantage point, this isn’t always possible so an alternative is to get very low. Again this gives a perspective that most people don’t see and therefore makes the image more interesting to the viewer.
Other methods you might like to consider to give new perspectives are:
- The wide panoramic image which gives much more coverage in a single image than people’s eyes can usually take in
- Creating fisheye images using either a fisheye lens or a adapter
So having found a way to create the new perspective you also need to take care not to use it too much. If every image people viewed was shot from a low perspective or with a fisheye, they would soon tire of the effect. Having said that, unusual images can often become much more powerful when they are part of a series all using the same approach. Creating a small portfolio using a common technique can give rise to a new style for your work. The trick to this is to ensure each image is compelling and will work alone as well as together with others.
Why not give some thought to how you might create a new perspective in your work and build a small portfolio using that approach.