Theme: Public Sculpture
This week in our 52 week Photography Challenge we explore the beauty and variety of public sculpture .
One of my most visually diverse challenges, sculptures can be found in almost every city around the world.
Why is public sculpture so common across cultures?
One of the reasons is that they serve many different functions.
Commemorative sculpture reminds people of how an individual or event has influenced or shaped the identity of their community. They are historical and social reminders of what has passed- and never to repeat- or what to aspire to in the future.
Social institutions such as the church, used public sculptures to remind us of our values, beliefs and culture. Michelangelo's David brought the Bible story to life to capture the imagination of a mostly illiterate public. The Renaissance period in Europe produced some of the most beautiful and famous sculptures in human history.
Ancient cultures used sculpture as a way to record everyday life. How people dressed, wore their hair and the activities that filled their days were recorded usually as stone or metal sculptures or paintings.
These days sculpture is often used to enhance the aesthetic appearance of public spaces. Non-representational abstraction allows sculptors to create pieces that inspire the viewer to ponder meaning or motivate them to see the space from a different point of view.
Sculptures are made using a range of different techniques and materials. That's for another day... As they are three dimensional they must be designed in three planes, usually using small clay models. It's not only the positive space that must be composed but the negative space in and around the form that requires as much attention.
Since public sculptures occupy public spaces, they are often made from durable materials like metals or stone that will last decades, even centuries. However, recent times have seen Post- Modern artists using a diverse range of materials. I really admire sculptors for their skill using such complex processes.
To make impactful images of public sculpture, try to;
- Shoot from an unusual angle that your audience would not have seen before.
- Sculpture is all about positive and negative space so make sure the background or surrounding areas in your frame are well considered.
- Public sculptures are usually designed for people to enjoy in open spaces. One idea is to try capturing how people interact with the sculpture.
How will you reveal something new about the next sculpture you photograph?
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