You all know the saying
A picture is worth a thousand words.
But a pictures are often not self explanatory.
By the use of compositional elements photographer we try to work out the story we want to convey with our image to the viewer.
A title as a compositional element
Now if we think about compositional elements we think often about contrast, lines, areas and colors but I consider also the image title one of the elements of composition.
A title can be used for many purposes.
· It can be an indication of time and place to the viewer
· It can add a new level of meaning viewer
· It can distract or dazzle the viewer
· it can "pave" the way that the viewer gets the emotional connection to the image you want.
· And for sure there are more.
Title make images stick
Most important purpose is, that the title is a way to communicate with your audience and it can make your image stick.
It is a difference if some is talking about “Pepper 38” by Brent Weston or “This image with a pepper which bends like an abstract act photography” .
Or maybe you all have an image in your mind on the title “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare” or “Tank Man”.
Now quite often some can see as a title "Untitled".
This is an oxymoron, but a common one. Using it you are also sending a message to the viewer. Maybe a message of mystery but maybe also message of indecisiveness or maybe just what some can see on the image if it show a big print of the word “Untitled” 😉
So: How much is the title part of your developing/creative process?
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John R. Suler Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche
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