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Photographing Sculpture

photo of black sculpture and white sculpture against white background

An interesting note about photographing sculpture:

When using a contrasting background colour to the subject, the eye is initially drawn to the profile shape of the sculpture. Then the viewer immediately begins to appreciate the composition within the profile. The visual comprehension is immediate.

When using a background colour that is very similar to the subject, the eye is initially drawn to the shadows created by the sculpture. Then the viewer begins to discover the subject slowly as if it is appearing out of a mist. The visual comprehension is gradual.

It is important to decide how you want the viewer to experience your sculpture when you photograph because your three dimensional artwork is being experienced through a two dimensional medium.

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