Before I set about doing this exercise I did a little research into what exactly is juxtaposition.
Michael Freeman’s book -Photoschool describes it on page 206 as follows
” Placing one image or subject against another, the photograph implies a relationship between the two. The relationship will either be real, natural and without hidden meaning. “
Further research on the internet found the following:-
“Juxtaposition seems like such a hard word, doesn’t it, but it is a concept quite easily grasped when explained to you using pictures.
Basically it means capturing the relationship between subjects in a photo so that each part of the image has some bearing on and relativity to the other.”
Well after looking at the above work I set off to capture some images.
The first two images I took will hopefully show a relationship between old and new.
Here we see two spitfires and a Lancaster Bomber flying across central London. An image of the planes would just show old planes but I captured them as they flew by the London Eye, a new attraction in London.
The relationship is between the old planes and the new wheel.
This next Image was taken at St Katherines Dock in London.
The old warehouses (although renovated) are in a marked contrast to the new motor boats in the dock.
A conversion to black and white makes the building look older in my view.
For my next image I wanted to take an image for the cover of a restaurant guide. As we were by the sea last week I thought that a guide to restaurants on the coast would be nice.
I wanted an image of a table with other items on it, but I didn’t want too much clutter.
This is the image that I took:-
I think that there is a nice link between the knife and spoon , the table and the glass of wine. The spoon leads you up to the glass and the glass leads you across the table to the beach.
For my next image I went to a Wedding Dress shop in Surrey and asked if I could take an image that contained both a wedding dress and some flowers. These two items are linked by the wedding itself. Although one is man-made and the other natural they are linked by the bride.
I hope that you like this image:-
I have to admit that I had never heard of juxtaposition before I read the Photoschool Book. However once I had red the book and looked at the images I realised that I had seen many examples before in adverts.