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Thread: Why Do We Look At Photos From Bottom Up?

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    Why Do We Look At Photos From Bottom Up?

    There are probably very good biological & psychological reasons ( human biologists, etc, please help me here) but why when, in the Western world, we read from top of the page to the bottom of the page do we look at photographs & other pictures from bottom up? The reason that I ask is that I was about to critique a sequence of three photos (the identical shot with three different edits) on another site. I felt that (from the sequence as described by the photographer) the bottom photo (in his mind the first) should be at the top. Then I realised that he was correct, by convention. I have no problem at all with that and held off on my critique. But why is it different with pictures than words?

  2. Last edited by AnPeter90; 24-05-2019 at 07:51 AM.

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    Re: Why Do We Look At Photos From Bottom Up?

    It depends on the composition; you can use it to lead the viewer's eye around - or out of - the frame in any direction you choose. In the West we have a tendency to read an image from left to right and bottom to top and any compositional elements which work against that create a slightly different mood.

    You could research the baroque and sinister diagonals for more on this.

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