It’s called ‘thinking outside the square’ yet let’s look at this literally – particularly in relation to photography. How many famous photos that we see are actually cropped images of a much larger scene – sometimes a scene with quite a different meaning?
Here is the interesting story behind Weegee’s famous photo The Fashionable People. Turns out that Weegee was very cunning. The scene was completely manipulated to create the famous contrast – the drunken woman deliberately being placed near to the lobby so that Weegee could capture the shot. At the same time the image has been cropped in order to intensify its meaning. It is not so powerful in the wider version.
I think about what happens outside the frame, instances where the meaning is quite different. In this fun Sony advert there is an imagined story of what happens outside Einstein’s famous poking tongue photo. Makes me wonder – it would be a fun exercise to get training participants to look at photos and imagine (draw) wider pictures. A good team building and mental exercise.
I like the comment ‘stories are better panoramic’.
And who would have thought that Henri Cartier- Bresson’s famous photograph Behind the Gare St. Lazare was in fact not only originally cropped by a fence post, but was manipulated to make the shot more aesthetically pleasing.
Just goes to show you – there’s often another story beyond what we see.