Aesthetic elements.

When i was looking into aesthetic elements, i began looking at the definition.

Aesthetic is

-relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.

-relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.

-having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.

relating to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality.

An element is

-a component or constituent of a whole or one of the parts into which a whole may be resolved by analysis:

Bricks and mortar are elements of every masonry wall.

-Chemistry. one of a class of substances that cannot be separated into simpler substances by chemical means. See also chart under periodic table.

-a natural habitat, sphere of activity, environment, etc.:

to be in one’s element; Water is the element of fish.

-atmospheric agencies or forces; weather:

a ruddy complexion from exposure to the elements.

the rudimentary principles of an art, science, etc.:

the elements of grammar.

the bread and wine of the Eucharistic service.

With this information, I began to make my own understanding of aesthetic elements and how I perceive them, how they affect us and how i could capture that in an image.

Oscar Rejlander (originally a portrait painter) began photography in 1852. His work was pioneering at this time as used the technique ‘combination printing’ which involved gathering a series of different negatives together to create a final image. A great example of this is one of his most well known photographs ‘The Two Ways of Life ‘ for which his used over 30 negatives to make the outcome he wanted.

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The Two Ways of Life – Oscar Rejlander.

When I look at the work of Rejlander I feel like he is telling a story through them which implies that it is more than simply the visual elements that make up an image.

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