Actually, the point of our interest in an image is always drawn to the left lower corner…no one knows why, but that’s the way it is.
If you put a subject in the middle of an image, the viewer will lose interest fairly quickly and even forget what they just seen.
If you use the Golden Mean (looks like a snail shell), and follow the rules that all the old masters in fine art have used for centuries, you will find that an object placed either to the left or the right hand in a scene will be more attractive to the viewers.
I always try to focus my objects on either side of the image and leave a bit of space on the other for the sake of this. Then it doesn’t really matter much what the subject is. You can make a toothbrush interesting that way.
And it’s easier to draw parallels between fine art and photography than writing and photography. All if it can be abstract, but there’s are no real rules in photography or art. Writing has it’s own law book, while you are free to express yourself with words as long as you stick to that law.
In art you can break the rules.
That’s what freedom within art is all about.
As for photography I think that there’s way too many snobs out there with fancy equiptment who are whining about horizons that lean 2 degrees too much to the left or right. That’s just bullshit.
It’s because of the lower left corner that a simple piccie like this [] can be attractive even if it’s just a bird on a stone.
And dats what I think.
Sorry for the blogging
– christa 2006-06-15 13:49 UTC