DETAIL & COMPOSITION #3
all togheter, mirror stage, the divine
One of the realities of Chilean society is the separation of economic classes, is this difference that seems strange to know that there is an old tradition that links families more traditional (and wealthy) to rural households, the Chilean rodeo. Named national sport (many say it is the second most popular after football), and although only rooted in certain sectors of Chile, a mix of rural and folklore, is one of the latent representations of tradition but at the same time, a reminder to the differences.
Lacan proposes that human infants pass through a stage in which an external image of the body (reflected in a mirror, or represented to the infant through the mother or primary caregiver) produces a psychic response that gives rise to the mental representation of an “I”. The Infant identifies with the image, which serves as a gestalt of the infant’s emerging perceptions of selfhood, (our own identification through an image)
Part of the discovery and conquest of Chile also involves the evangelization through the arrival of Spanish priests who spread Catholicism. One of the form of evangelism was through singing, jesuit missionaries (approx. in 1600) evangelize in the catholic doctrine. Over time these poets and singers composing and create new themes for his songs-prayers. “El Canto a lo Divino”(The song to the divine) one of the oldest manifestations of popular religiosity and faith in Chile and that continues to this day in the voice of anonymous singers and poets.
who are you?
I’m Gustavo Millon, chilean photographer. I studied photography in Santiago, Chile. I was working as freelance, I won the national contest “Wanted Creativity” for a scholarship in Fabrica, the Benetton’s Communication Research Center in Treviso, Italy in the photography department. I was two years finalist in Raymond Weil’s Photography Contest and my work is published in magazines like Elle Decor, Wallpaper, Colors Notebook, etc. Now I’m currently in Fabrica in the design department part of the team of Industrial Design department, and also working for the next issue of Colors Magazine, Collectors.
what is the good composition to you?
Just the simplicity. Sometimes is just the way how you see everything. And from this starting point, you create a new vision of that personal reality and then to the viewer. Because the composition, talking about photography, is actualIy also a good way to send a message in a most powerful way. There’s a lot of famous memorable photographs made it with a strong composition. Talking about if is good or bad, just depends of the context. The good composition sometimes can absorve the total image and is better to look for the final result even if this doesn’t follow all the compositition concepts.
do you think the sense of composition is natural thing or learned skill?
I think is a little bit of both in my experience.
When I was kid, I studied painting and for that I learn more about composition and the traditionals ways to see the art like paintings, sculpture, etc. and techniques from the renaissance (what is the golden age about composition). But as photographer you discover to compose naturally without any knowledge, sometimes is part us and we don’t realize we have until we use it. And something amazing about photography is what you really can compose faster than every other technique. The photography is just a instant, realize “the moment” and capture it can be in some point really instinctive and become a natural skill. The practice and experience are good, but never is bad to go back in the history and learn more.
do you have any rule for your composition?
No. If you start to put rules in your work for sure you will lose some part of the reality. Is always better have the freedom to choose in any situation what is better, and after, create your own vision, your idea. I think the composition is part of it but not all. I can tell you of course I been influenced from differents painters and photographers and I took some of his style in my work. As example, my favourite painter is Jackson Pollock, and it sounds the not proper painter for talk about composition but for me it is. In the middle of his caothic painting, a structure. Is not a random painting, every single line is complementary to the next one. That’s means comes from the composition, but in a different way.
좋은 조형이란 보는 이를 멈추게 하는 힘이다.
좋은 조형이란 주제를 명확히 전달 하는 힘이다.
좋은 조형이란 명확한 시선이 보이는 것이다.
좋은 조형이란 대칭 속에서 빛나는 변화이다.
좋은 조형이란 단순함이다.
좋은 조형이란 완벽한 조화다.
사진은 찍는 순간이 조형이 만들어 지는 순간이다.
눈 앞에 보이는 커다란 풍경을 도려내어 만들어지는 조형.
이는 물론 다른 매체에도 적용 될 수 있다.
사용 할 수 있는 무수히 많은 이미지, 메세지, 색, 타입,
시간 중에 도려내어 얻어진 그것.
더 많이(다양하게) 도려내 본 사람이
보다 잘 도려낼 수 있는 것은 당연하다.
모든 조형에 적용 될 명확한 법칙이 있을 수는 없지만,
개별적 조형이라면 법칙이 있을 수 있다. — 모든 이야기에는 그에 맞는 매체가 있듯이
조형이 모든 것이 될 수도, 되지 않을 수도 있다.
하지만 이를 고민하지 않는 사람에게서는 아무 것도
기대 할 수 없다.