1. Placement of points
Three pictures with a point (street lamp) placed centrally, close to the edge, and a little off centre.
In the centred image the eye immediately rests on the central point and has little inclination to move off and explore the rest of the frame. The overall impression is a lack of movement or dynamism. When the point is off centre, the eye seems to be gently drawn from the point towards the centre. It is in no rush, leisurely and relaxed. Movement but not dynamic. Finally, with the image close to the edge, there is a real tension across the diagonal. The eye is catapulted across the frame. There is a real rush. Dynamic.
2 Relationship with Frame
This series of photos shows a wooden works bench as a point. All images with the point across the bottom of the image lack dynamism, with the eye resting flat along the bottom of the frame. Where the point is placed half-way up the image, or above, the eye is drawn up the image (searching for it) and creates more energy, particularly when towards an edge. The dynamic sense is enhanced when there is a diagonal between two points. However, the image with the point very close to the edge (#6) appears unbalanced.
Tracing the route of the eye
Using the iPad skitch app, I made tracings on the photos below. My eye behaves differently depending on the subject. Where a person is significant in the frame, my eye is immediately drawn to them – I guess this is an instinctive reaction, with one’s eye being alert to the presence of another person (friend or foe?).