I wrote a prompt over at High Calling Blogs last week detailing the rule of thirds and how a photographer can go about keeping and breaking it.
I mostly break the rule but decided to keep to it for purposes of this post.
Monica's post gave me some points to ponder which resulted in a number of questions:
- Why does an off centre image look better than a centred one in most cases?
The answer to this question lies in design and God's ratio of Phi which He liberally uses throughout nature to illustrate His ingenuity. It is this ratio that has been used to construct some of the world's greatest structures and inventions.
When an object is captured off centre the image is brought to life. It therefore engages the viewer.
I think the Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit also hint at the importance of this ratio and the energy it brings. Neither exist without the other and neither take centre stage alone.
- How does this principle apply to my life in a practical sense?
If I am the central focus of my life then the image that is presented to the world is one that lacks energy. It does not engage. If I present a picture in which I am the focal point, but not placed mid centre, engagement is introduced. I use the word introduced because I know from my own experience that I mostly stop at this point. I am happy to be away from mid centre but I still cling to being the focal point of my life.
- Can an image be enhanced beyond the one third rule?
I asked this question because I was not satisfied with the conclusion I reached above. Something was still amiss. I think it can be enhanced. Jennifer answered the question for me. Her image is filled with engagement and there are two specific reasons why:
- She has a central point, the spike, but it is enhanced by a background image, the hand.
- Neither one would make the picture image what it is, on its own, but together the hand and the spike create energy, tension and engagement.
When I fade into insignificance, but still remain a part of the image; and God, and others become the central focus of my life, engagement is all consuming. Life becomes the gift it was always intended to be.
How would you apply this rule to your life? Do you struggle to not be the focal point? Do you think that you should be the focal point?