Contemplating keeping the energy lines for the final print A2 format or take them off. It works in a small format, however not sure it would in a print based large format.
Half way through my Masters, I had a life changing injury on my knee which required surgery. Yoga helped me go through the recovery period, both physically and psychologically. This event influenced my masters greatly, leading me to turn into yoga and photography for the final piece. The topic had always evolved around women and strength and the social status of women in sports.
The following question is verticals versus horizontals. Which pose embraces the architectural characteristics while showing contrast but symmetry.
In the first two visuals, we can observe the difference of mood/setting between a horizontal and a vertical replica of the architecture. The columns hold a harsh straight and a straight body would enhance that harshness which is not what I am trying to portray. The second option of a horizontal pose assists the columns while showing contrast in setting.
In the third and the fourth visuals, one yoga pose attempts to follow the V of the bridge while the second yoga pose mirrors it. Are we representing replication or harmony? Can contrast and harmony subsist? After more research, I came to the conclusion that harmony and contrast do coexist which is the true representation of this final piece. We are yoga, yoga is amongst us, it is everywhere because it is inside us. Our surroundings will adapt to our mental and physical state during yoga.
“We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” –Alan Watts
When it comes to editing, is less more or is more less! It would depend on the mood or which particular section of the photograph needing focus. It can also set the mood, on the left side the light is more prominent, showing more details of the architecture. However is the focus merely on the architecture and not the yoga pose?
On the right side, the mood has changed, the architecture/environment is perceived as rough, darker, more brutal. The vertical lines are enhanced which give more focus on the contrast between the elegance of yoga and the roughness of the surroundings.
The question I am now asking myself is the following: which edit is more adequate for what I would like to express?
Final locations for the triptic. Using architecture to replicate the position of the yoga practices. Show that yoga is everywhere including in us. Tried to show contrast between the sometimes rough/dark architecture and the elegance of the yoga poses. The yoga poses would extend, replicate or mirror the architectural characteristics.
Introducing white lines to represent the different energy points in the pose, leading to the next idea of the final piece which would entail to link the triptic of the Ananda, Hatha and Ashtanga visual representations with white lines as energy points.
Working on the yoga poses rather than the environment, tried to capture the movement. Realized that the environment is just as important, if not more than the yogawear design of each yoga practice chosen. This realization brought another angle to the final project and I had to organize a new photoshoot where the architecture would replicate the yoga poses and the various yoga practices.