Is negative space the space you don’t like, or the space that is not there? And if it’s not there how can you tell? — Emma Bull
I read somewhere that negative space exists to give the eye a place to rest. Implicit in that of course, is that there is something to rest from.
I guess that’s what distinguishes negative space from space which is merely empty.
Understanding that distinction — and becoming comfortable with it — is not easy for many of us. We fill the frame, fill the page, fill our stomachs, our homes and our time (and our children’s time).
And then, at some point, we talk about simplifying, editing, down-sizing, stepping back. We are looking for the negative space in which to make sense of life.
Crikey, I hear you say, that’s a bit philosophical for a photo challenge.
Ah, but in the company of many thoughtful photographers (indeed lens artists), I think musing on the philosophies that inform our work has its place.
I play a lot with negative space in my photos.
It has been a slow and not always conscious process, though I do remember the first time I was aware of trying to take something out of an image, rather than trying to fit it in!
Looking though my archive, I notice that many of my images have quite high contrast between positive and negative spaces.
There are some exceptions.