YOUR CAMERA AS A SPACE VEHICLE
I've been reading Perception and Imaging, Photography - a Way of Seeing by Richard D. Zakia. This book is the first exposure I've had to Zakia and his ideas on visual imagery. He taught photography, advertising, and graphic design at Rochester Institute of Design and published over a dozen books.
His early work of which Perception and Imaging is one, deals with the teaching and technical aspects of image making. Being somewhat of a math head, the details and descriptions of visual perceptions and how they play into the design of a compelling composition have kept my eyes dancing through the pages. But it was the chapter Camera as a Space Vehicle, that really got me going.
In addition to up/down, left/right, forward/backward movements where the camera itself remains in a fixed orientation, Zakia encourages the use of the three rotational directions of a spaceship (your camera) - roll, pitch, and yaw, where roll is horizontal movement from side to side, pitch is up and down movement on a diagonal, and yaw is vertical up and down movement. The caption below the diagram of his idea ends with, Play around, experiment!
A brief article by MichelIe Earl in afterimage online (see link below) quotes Zakia saying, My earlier writings dealt with some of the technical aspects of photography. Recent writing attempts to integrate information from other disciplines and relate it directly to the understanding of photographs in particular and to pictures in general. Each discipline has its own vocabulary in dealing with philosophical issues such as truth, reality, and values . . . my interest is to build conceptual linkages among various disciplines by utilizing pictures . . . What is the visual equivalent of linguistic terms such as metaphor, metonymy, and synecdoche.
Recent rolls, pitches, and yaws in my life have conjoined the capture of light with my poetic linguistics. I have by fits and starts - a book, this blog - begun to tell the stories of what lurks in the light through photography and poetry, yet at times I get stuck in or side-tracked by my own lack of permission.
Okay, then Richard Zakia, I'll just do it - roll, and pitch, and yaw.
Article on Richard Zakia: http://vsw.org/afterimage/2012/04/06/richard-zakia-1925-2012/
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