Here’s a collection of images that can be viewed in the context of contrast or harmony.
Not everyone will agree on which of these images could be categorised as contrast or as harmony (or both), and that’s the wonderful thing about imagery – it’s so individual. Most of us will perceive and interpret images based on our personal experiences, situation, mood or circumstances. Some of you will be analytical about your categorisation, most will react spontaneously and intuitively.
Look at these images and once you’ve made a choice, try to define what the elements are that helped you to decide if the image represents contrast or harmony, or if (and how) it can be described as both.
Images are a good way to promote discussion in a learning environment. No one sees exactly in the same way – looking, re-acting and then analysing images allows us to ‘see’ through other people’s eyes and to learn about each other’s sense of perception. Initial reactions are a start, but when you take the time to think more deeply about what an image ‘says’ to you, a new level of understanding will emerge.
As an artist, the images I have chosen have an artistic appeal to me in relation to colour, space, design and form. As an educator, you could choose any range of images to promote specific discussion related to your area of expertise.
MARIMEKKO patterned hat spring 2013
Face design: images.search.yahoo.com
Boy and water lilies
Red and Paris
Pink Orange Blue
Surma Man, Ethiopia
George Harrison & Bob Dylan
Black and White
Photos by Tony Kearney on Flickr
People and their shadows
prickly pear frozen margarita
Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal
a moment. a shift
Jonathan Delafield Cook ’s drawing “Bird’s Nest, 1998”
Explosion of colors
White Center. Mark Rothko
The forms are similar, the patterns contrast, by Kelly Jean Ohl
San Josemaría Escrivá Church by Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
H. Palleiko Designs
Contrast or harmony
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