This week, make two opposing elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo.

There are so many ways to infuse photos with drama, from choosing an unusual angle to focusing on a strong, vibrant palette. One idea I often explore is contrast. No, not so much in the technical sense of shadows and highlights (important as they certainly are), but more fundamentally: I love the power of a single frame to bring together conflicting elements. Sometimes the result is harmonious, a peaceful coexistence of unnatural allies. Sometimes the tension remains unresolved.

Sometimes it’s a bit of both, like in this recent shot I took at a castle in the Bourgogne countryside, in east-central France.


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These walls were originally built in the 16th century — but were covered in fresh, shimmering ivy. Together, the two elements made the entire structure all the more interesting (and, let’s admit it, more photogenic): heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic.

In your photo this week, show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects. The tension can reside in what you choose to show — old vs. new, big vs. small, dark vs. light — or in how you frame and design your shot. I look forward to seeing your entries!

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  1. In Response to the Challenge

    Life and death

    Two have got a a way Contradictory meaning. Two represents the opposite of each. A person is living his/her life happily not even worrying what is going to happen to him in the next hour. Totally unaware about him. He might be laying as a dead useless man in the grave, which represents a motionlesss man lying there not even able to help himself

    WHILE at the same time the man standing next to him ( whose shadow is being casted) represents the opposite of the other man. That man represents LIFE. He is in full form there standing nexf to the man who is even unaware about its surrounding.

    That’s my meaning to opposite

    Ps: I am really new blogger and not pretty sure what i m even blogging :p

    Apologize for mistakes

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    1. Welcome to the blogging community!

      Just to clarify, the goal of the challenge is to encourage people to post a photo (and their thoughts on it, if they wish) in a new post on their own blogs, which they can then share here with a link.

      Looking forward to your future participation!

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