Task: Take 6 photographs. Decide how balance works in each one. Identify the dominant parts. Make a small rectangular sketch + weighing scale. The more simple the composition (fewer elements) the more obvious the balance will be.
The statue on the right hand side is much larger than the one on the left, therefore making it the dominant subject. The photograph is unbalanced because the smaller statue on the left hand side is very close to the centre of the image. Positioning the small statue closer to the edge of the image would have a positive influence over the overall balance.
The similarity between the two subjects as knights is not just due to the fact they are facing each other in a joust. They are almost at an equal distance from the edge of the frame, whilst leaving the centre clear, and this has created an almost symmetrical impression. This project has really helped me to think more about how I can influence the effect of a photograph on the viewer by how subjects are balanced, or not balanced. This has helped me to understand in some ways the difference between average and amazing photographs.
Full resolution versions of these images can be found on my Flickr