Art Principles In Portrait Photography

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CHAPTER XI
THE FOIL
WITHOUT suggestion appreciation for the beau-tiful cannot come. Beauty without emotion is inconceivable. In art emotion expresses itself, as we have found, through the power, force, and movement of lines. Extending line to tone we have the added factors of crescendo and diminuendo of light and shade. The more spontaneous the handling of these elements the higher is the art expression.
There is one other agent that stimulates the imagina tion. It is present in beauty and is the silence of emotion. It is the foil.
Over-concentration on any object means that all other parts of a picture do not receive their due share of attention. A foil is something introduced to pre vent over-accentuation or harmful weakening of the main intent, it is a means of spreading the interest to the other sections of the picture. It is a balancing feature but it is more, it is a life-giving and picture-making force the merits of which have never been sufficiently rated. The absence of the foil in plain
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