Project 14: vertical and horizontal frames

Task: Take vertical and horizontal pictures of each location.

In his book The Photographer’s Eye, Freeman (2004) points out that our binocular vision means that we naturally see in horizontal format. Camera manufacturers have made cameras that fit this phenomenon. This would explain why most of the photographs in my own archive are landscape rather than portrait.


Having reviewed the above images it was much easier to photograph horizontally. Tall subjects were easier to photograph vertically. When I took the corresponding horizontal photograph I noticed that I tended to position the subject either to the left or right to give more balance to the overall image. Freeman (2004) explains how off-centreing the subject persuades the viewer’s eyes to move horizontally across the frame.

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