Pleasure in ambiguity

cobbled lane north melbourne

Who else has passed this way? Cobbled lane, North Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2016

“To me photography must suggest, not insist or explain.”
– Brassaï

Ambiguity in an image can come from many sources; choice of subject, an unusual camera angle or focal point, unexpected movement, or shooting through an opaque surface — to think of a few.

bubble deer state gallery vic

Detail, PixCell-Red Deer, sculpture by Kohei Nawa, seen at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie 2016

wall of water state gallery vic

Out there. Visitors outside the National Gallery of Victoria, seen from the Waterwall. Image: Su Leslie 2016

By suggesting, rather than explaining, the photographer allows every viewer to create their own meanings and stories.

More fun that way.

Posted to Debbie’s weekly quotation-inspired image challenge at Travel with Intent

27 thoughts on “Pleasure in ambiguity

  1. I absolutely adore the 3rd image… Beautiful photographic, oh what is the term… Non-representational (?) I see, it describes leaving to the imagination..what the form is… Space implied, not defined..not many art crits…ah well 🙂

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    • Thanks. The sculpture is literally a taxidermied deer, covered with the glass spheres, so you see details of the animal in different ways. It’s quite powerful and confronting. And watching people react to it was an experience in itself 😀


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