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Juxtaposition is when you compose a frame with two or more objects that create an obvious comparison and add contrast. When a photographer uses juxtaposition intentionally, the goal is to express a thought or make a point. Common juxtapositions are young and old, big and small, dark and light, and natural and man-made. I’ll often use juxtapositions to add humor or opinion to an image (Figure 4.24).

Figure 4.24

Figure 4.24 The painting of a man saying “Shhh” contradicts the young kids playing loudly in the street.

ISO 160 • 1/400 sec. • f/4.5 • 35mm lens

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