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Figure Ground Relationship – Proper Use Will Define Your Subject


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Part II

Now let’s see some great examples of typical figure ground relationship (FGR)….light figure on a dark background, or dark figure on a light background. The form of the figure plays a role in it as well. We will cover silhouettes below, but for now take a look at the image below by Sarah LeeĀ . She waited for the limbs of the swimmer to be spread apart, giving the viewer a clear definition of her subject. If the limbs were together we might not be able to tell if it was a female, male, or even a fish. This is called aspective view, and we’ll cover that on another day.

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Figure Ground Relationship in Photography and Painting