Musings on Photography


Posted in process by Paul Butzi on December 21, 2009


I’m still trying to figure out the problem of clutter. One weird thing is that an image that looks cluttered when viewed as a small print (or a small version on a monitor) will not look cluttered as a large print.

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  1. adam said, on December 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I got a feeling that the perception of clutter comes about when you eliminate that depth dimension, i.e. flatten the scene into 2 dimensions, as you do when you make a photograph of the scene. If you viewed the scene portrayed in this post in “real life”, and covered one eye to flatten it, my guess is that the cluttered appearance would suddenly materialize. It’s one of the reasons that I shoot 3D on occasion, using 35mm transparency pairs. The effect is absolutely stunning when viewed using a 3D viewer.

  2. Dave Kosiur said, on December 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I haven’t tried this kind of experiment, but I’m willing to bet that the larger print will look cluttered if you step away from it far enough. This all has something to with scale and eye movement.


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