An Exercise of Formal Composition: Six Triangles / February 14 - 27 2014
Something which appeals to me about photography is its subtle subversion of reality. Especially when photo manipulation software is more and more readily available, I take pleasure in using a camera's single point perspective to create work that looks digitally manipulated, but is in fact rudimentarily constructed.
For example, Fabric and Triangle Squared. In this image I created a small studio staging with heavily patterned fabric backdrops. I positioned a triangle in the shot so it almost floats in the space. I printed out the image, then cut out part of the picture and glued it onto a foam core cube corner. Printing out the original image a second time, I laid the cube corner on top of the picture, and rephotographed it. The result sticks to the framework of the series - a slightly off-balance right triangle (A: 34.992° / B: 55.008° / C: 90°) - but is itself just a little strange. It's hard to say if the cube in the corner exists in the same image as the triangle (and it does not). This visual ambiguity is an invitation for play.
Yellow Corner is an example of something that could easily be seen as collage - the bright yellow corner seems overlaid on the patterned background. In fact, the results of doing that - taking a picture of part of a cube, printing it out, cutting it, and gluing it to the background - might be identical. However, my method was to approach it in-camera, by cutting out a triangle-shaped hole, and laying it onto the corner of a yellow cube, so the corner sticks through the gap.
Astroturf and North Bend Red Triangle each feature a background with obvious depth, which is abruptly flattened by positioning a triangle so that it is exactly parallel to the camera plane, interrupting the receding depth of field and, again, reminding you of the innate flat surface plane inherent in all photography.