A family walks through Pumpkintown in South Tulsa last weekend. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
Using foreground and background in a photograph is an age old method of adding interest and information to a photograph. The goal is to not only compose from left right and top to bottom but also from front to back. We in the photo world call it layering.
This photo in particular is interesting to me because one of the layers, the painted board creates an artificial layer of depth in the rolling hills and cartoon scenery.
I'm even more interested in what this photo has to say from the push an pull between the layers. The idyllic forground with the family meets the idealized middle ground of the painting which ultimately conflicts the scene of development in the background.
These are my favorite kind of photos to make. Layered visually and layered in meaning.
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