Surface in photography and cinematography


Surface in photography

In photography, the most important attibutes of surfaces are size and brightness.
Surfaces could be categorized in:
1. Small surfaces;
2. Large surfaces.
Another relevant division is in:
a. Light surfaces;
b. Dark surfaces.
In a photograph, large surfaces, especially those lacking detail, carry a feeling of calm, peace or monotony.
Small surfaces are suggestive of movement, dynamism and optimism. Small repeated surfaces deepen the above mentioned feelings.
Highly lightned surfaces in a photograph bring about optimism, hope and happyness.
The great photographers consider dark tone surfaces as being extremely expressive in photographic art! The associated feelings can be sadness, sorrow, threat, disease, death.

Expressivity of shadow in photography
Surfaces can be lightned by a light source, included or not in the photographic frame.
The counterpart of light is shadow, which is projected behind the subject.
Shadows are plastic, highly expressive elements and can be:
proper shadows (for instance, contre-jour);
shadows projected on another surfaces (thus generating new surfaces).
There are no two equal values of shadows.
Depending on the surrounding surfaces, there are as many values as surfaces in the photograph.