Earlier on in this journal, I discussed about the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect could apply to photography, but what happens when it comes to the photo montage ? In this post, we will be discussing the question “How can small things change the world ?” through the aspect of the photo montage.
I have mentioned that some scientists predict that if the temperature was to go up by five degrees Celcius, most or all species would become extinct. Juxtaposition is something very interesting, because we get different perspectives into the subject, which is why a montage enhances the message of the original photograph. Some photographers, when composing montages, use different lighting but the same setting and place. Basically, it starts off with a photograph, but using different tones and a rather grid-like artwork could mean a lot. Let’s take a look at one of David Hockney’s montages.
If you look carefully at this montage, you can see that the wall uses different tones, while half of the tree is in bright sunlight, while the other half is rather shadowed. From the original photograph, it could mean something about the hustle and bustle of the city, development of the city or tranquility, since there are only two cars. However, with the changes, it could mean something like confrontation due to different tones in juxtaposition, or even something like pollution or vandalization, due to the different colours present in the wall. It could even mean something like a silent fight that no one knows about, whether internal or external, like someone trapped in an apartment above the walls, with risk of death, or someone being kidnapped in the car.
Through small changes, the photograph can change by so much, from a peaceful theme to such a deep and concealed message. Now, how do small things change your world ? Some may never know.
Here is a result of the annotation activity we did in class on our task sheet.
Note: Keywords definition is under the “Understanding Photography” page.