The dPS challenge this week was “Kitchen”. As someone more interested in concepts than objects, this theme threw me a little. As someone with a deadline for an essay, I decided I wouldn’t take up the challenge this weekend.
But … I’ve been thinking about another dPS post this week – how to capture a story in one image. Narrative painting has a well established tradition, but when the TV presenter explains how each person and object in the large painting contributes to the story, I was always left wondering why I didn’t see those connections. Why did I need to be told what the story was?
The answer turned out to be quite simple. The painting on screen was from a time, place and culture that was unfamiliar to me. I could not know what the painter intended without first studying the history and culture in which he (mostly, but occasionally she) lived.
That leads me to another question … in our internet age, is there sufficient sharing of contemporary cultures that narrative photography will not require the same verbal explanation as the paintings of old?
Todays’ submission to the challenge was a serendipitous moment at the kitchen sink this morning. There is nothing particularly technical to report about the image’s creation. So I decided to experiment with the ratio. Which ratio would create the story I wanted to tell through this image? I was looking for tension.
The 1:1 aspect ratio shown below created an image that seemed too balanced.
A 4:5 ratio added a little tension, but was just plain boring.
I settled on the panoramic ratio of 16:9.
The drain seems to be falling towards the bottom of the image
while the spoon stretches towards the top. The image is tearing itself apart?
There is a tension, or uncomfortable relationship, between our aim for cleanliness and the mess that cleaning creates. All this energy just to move dirt to a different spot.
The story I hope is a little more obvious … Pulling the plug in the kitchen sink usually means the washing up is done but, when the suds cleared, it became obvious I wasn’t finished yet.