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Juxtaposition and Background Fixing in Street Photography

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Crossed Paths

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Juxtaposition as the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side.  In photography, its positioning of objects one upon the other, or side by side to create meaning within the viewer’s mind.

Went to SM Mall North Edsa, in the The Block area, and saw these two displays that caught my attention.  Using a technique called “Background Fixing”, I setup my Canon G12 camera’s exposure, positioned it on in front of my body (hip shooting) and clicked when a person/subject comes into the frame to be juxtaposed with the displays.  It was just a matter of waiting for the decisive moment to click.  Viewing the frame with the G12’s articulated screen really helps the framing, at least approximately.  Both photos were cropped later.  The photo “Crossed Paths” was originally in landscape format because of the hip shooting style but later cropped to portrait to remove the extra details and make it stronger as suggested by Leanne Jazul, founder of Usapang Kalye street photography group.

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