>>> Street Photography eXchange #84 <<<

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jeff hladun
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Re: Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: by Robert Frank
In reply to xtoph, 10 months ago

Or, another issue may be the way in which the use of the tilt corrects the weakness of the quarter to rear-plane shot, the weakness being the lines of perspective converging to the vanishing point. By rotating the upper frameline away from the point of disappearance, the weakness vanishes thru illusion as demonstrated in the Frank image above.

In a way, it is covering up one mistake by making another. It is relevant to the street photographer who is either too shy to take the head-on picture, or who for whatever reason must act quicker than normal and doesn't have enough time to re-position. It's a way to take an image where the viewer thinks the photographer has taken a stake in the moment, even though the photographer hasn't. Robert Frank preferred the head-on and side-on shot, and in the few images of his in The Americans where he shot from the quarter angle, the tilt was used most of the time.

To accept the use of the tilt as a solution to the particular issue of the quarter-shot weakness, it's assumed the quarter-shot is a weak shot. That's not always the case of course, but I carry it as a generalized rule, broken only when rare circumstances prove me wrong.

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