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Gallery Thirty Nine: Juxtaposition – compare and contrast for meaning



One of the most effective ways to express ideas photographically is to compare and contrast subjects by juxtaposing them. Other galleries in my cyberbook also offer examples of photographic juxtaposition, including those on incongruity, street photography, landscapes, opposites and contradictions, layered imagery, and the addition and subtraction of context. Juxtaposition can play a crucial role in creating expression in each of these areas – so crucial that it deserves a gallery all of its own.

Juxtaposition involves comparing two or more elements within a photograph, bringing out either the similarity or dissimilarity between them. Juxtaposition also can involve contrasting elements. In such cases, we will see elements that are strikingly, and often incongruously, different. We can compare and contrast elements by placing them side-by -side, above or below each other, or layer them in the foreground, middleground and background.

I begin this gallery with examples shot in and around New York City, America’s largest metropolis. I will be adding additional images to this gallery as I continue my travels.

I also highly recommend a visit to the "Post No Bills" gallery of Henry Ho at http://www.pbase.com/henryhpk/advertisment . It will offer you a virtual encyclopedia of incongruous juxtaposition, focusing entirely on advertisements relating to unaware pedestrians on the streets of Hong Kong.

I present my own gallery on juxtaposition here in "blog" style.. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.