In this series, we present a look-book of authentic photographs collected by the writers and editors here at Envato Tuts+. We hope these pictures inspire new ideas, help kindle new projects, and give you a better understanding of visual communication.
A Closer Look at This Image
a great example of a flat-lay photo. Christmas isn’t all about presents, but seeing
brightly wrapped and ribboned parcels is certainly part of the experience.
Not all gifts are box shaped of course, but all in
this picture are – why? From above, this works well; if the gifts had been a
variety of shapes, then the image might have become a messy visual graphic. The boxes, and the neat lines they create in the
gaps between them, convey a sense of order, as does the fact that the presents
are neatly wrapped – we can’t see any tape or join lines; they’re hidden away
The looping bows contrast nicely with the straight
lines of the boxes, and the different textures are nice too; they keep the composition from
being too repetitive.
The wrapping paper is mostly themed around white,
red and the taupe colour of plain parcel paper. Putting the title to one side
for the moment, there’s nothing overtly Christmassy about the picture, so why
do we immediately think that? The photographer has made use of the traditional
red and white colours we tend to associate with Christmas, so it’s the thing
that immediately leaps to mind.
For me, this image isn’t perfect. The
middle, chequered box needs moving down; it’s annoyingly close to the present
above it. The ribbon looped sloppily around the small white box creates
disorder, and, judging by its placement (at a ‘rule of thirds’ grid
intersection), that’s deliberate. Still, it makes me want to take some scissors
and snip the ribbon off.
Reading a Photograph
We’d love to hear your take on this photograph, and
if you’re not sure where to begin, then How to Read a Photograph will
get you started with how to analyse photography. Mostly, it’s just saying what
you see and how you feel about an image!