Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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impetuous accent, a culmination, vitalizing the whole composition. It matters not what the lines are made to define, - whether sleeve, dress, folds, hair, face, it is rather what they sing, what light they kindle within us.
In Fig. 91 the frame is touched at three points and approached with studied purpose at others. A lesson may be derived from a simple experiment that all can make who desire to know upon what stability depends. By taking a piece of black paper and covering a section of either arm in Fig. 90, or obliterating the fan in Fig. 91, we discover an absence of stability. Both figures sway, the perfection of their arrangement has been disturbed and they become irresponsible.
The application of the principle of stability has produced in Fig. 96 a quality not attained in plain photography, where the human figure seems as unsub stantial as the paper upon which it is printed. Arrange ment has brought this result, - that the figure in print 96 seems to have the weight possessed by the living being. It is healthy and all the more beautiful and true for that quality. The figure in the pictorially treated photograph 83 also appears pleasingly substan tial, though that quality is not identified with Fig. 1. Notice how lines have been used in Fig. 83 to create an impression of space, a suggestion of a world out side. The woman is not caged in as in Fig. 1, or