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Photo 52 : Within the Frame / Creative Complexity – Layering within the Frame

In our final week of creative complexity exercises, our compositional goal is to use layering within the frame. Layering is a powerful narrative and compositional technique which uses the foreground, middle, and background of the frame to tell a visual story and keep the viewer’s eye moving throughout the entire frame.

Compositionally, the utilization of layers can add balance to an image or emphasize scale between a subject and its surroundings. As a storytelling technique, the inclusion of multiple details in a scene can bring life and context to an image. Creating a clear separation between each layer – spatially or using colors – further strengthens images built around this technique.

The boys’ artistic endeavors provided a great opportunity for me to get layers in my frame.

To view all of the images in this week’s dynamic gallery, please click here.

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