stippled-photo
Atrium at Sunset (Available Light) 
Roseville Civic Center 
Roseville, CA 
for Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners 

My photographs have a sense of depth to them. Almost as if you could step into the shot and walk around. One device I use to foster this impression is the careful use of foreground elements.

I use foreground elements to establish scale and create a visual entrance to my photographs. This entrance point is intended to take the viewer “by the hand” leading them into the image and focusing attention on what I want them to see.

One way to capture a good foreground is to try unusual angles: high up on the stairs as you see here, or down at knee level.

When you’re doing this make sure you are putting more effort into showing your subject than you are to creating your foreground otherwise you might find that your foreground has become the subject.

Dean