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Contrast in design
fundamental overhaul of design theory took place during the 1920s in
Germany at the Bauhaus. Because of its questioning and experimental
approach to the principles of design, this school of art, design and
architecture has had a major influence in contemporary design.
Itten ran the basic course at the Bauhaus and it became famous
as the foundation for modern mass media design. Itten's theory
of composition was rooted in one simple concept: contrasts.
between light and dark ( chiaroscuro), between shapes, colours and even
the first exercises he set for the students was to explore contrast
which included large/small, long/short, dark/light, smooth/rough, transparent/opaque
and so an was for art, they also relate to photography very well. His
intention was" to awaken a vital feeling in the student for the
subject through personal observation".
these images from the Last
Rivers Song, I played with contrasts of: black - white,
hard - soft, rock - water, still and moving, long - narrow