Research Post 2



This image speaks to the viewer through it’s clever use of composition and use of the human form. I think the placement of the hand in the centre is very clever as it seems to serve as the trunk of the tree. As the focal point, the hand’s fingers and the arm naturally creates ‘lines’ that lead the viewer up to the tree top. There is typography in the lower right hand corner that reads ‘Humanity And Nature Are One’ (It’s hard to make out). Even though this makes the intended message much clearer, the image is so effective visually, it is still communicated to the viewer that both elements create the form of a tree and ‘are one’. It shows that we should respect nature because humans and nature work interdependently. For example, referring to the image, what is a tree without a trunk?

I read a bit further into composition…

“An orderly arrangement of elements using the principles of design.” (
Creating good composition using various elements in an image can create a great ‘visual impact’ and command attention. By using the following elements and principles my image could be very effective.

Elements of Design:

Line – “is a mark on a surface that describes a shape or outline. It can create texture and can be thick and thin.”
Color – “refers to specific hues and has 3 properties, Chroma, Intensity and Value.”
Texture – “is about surface quality either tactile or visual.”
Shape – “is a 2-dimensional line with no form or thickness.”
Form – “is a 3-dimensional object having volume and thickness.”
Value – “is the degree of light and dark in a design.”
Space – “refers to variations in the perspective, and proportions of objects, lines or shapes.”

Principles of Compositional Design:

Center of interest – “is an area that first attracts attention in a composition.”
Balance – “is a feeling of visual equality in shape, form, value, color, etc.”
Harmony – “brings together a composition with similar units.”
Contrast – “offers some change in value creating a visual discord in a composition.”
Directional Movement – “is a visual flow through the composition. It can be the suggestion of motion in a design as you move from object to object by way of placement and position.”
Rhythm (or repetition)- “is a movement in which some elements recurs regularly.”

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