Art consists of transmitting, moving, moving, awakening feelings, vibrating, provoking, calming … And photography is art. That is why the objective of a photograph must be to reach the public in some way. Either filling it with energy or flooding it with peace, passing through multiple other sensations.
Have you ever wondered what those photographs or pictures that decorate some offices, clinics, hotels, SPA, shops or even houses have? Those that you can’t stop looking at, that relax you at the same moment you observe them. Do you know what that magic that catches you consists of? It is much easier than you think. These images, in addition to impregnate us with their beauty, contain certain ingredients that convey peace, calm, tranquility … Do you want to know them to be able to evoke these sensations? Remember that I will tell you.
Symmetries provide a sense of balance, and this, in an environment of chaos, haste, stress and other hustle and bustle of everyday life gives us a small oasis of peace. If you introduce symmetries in your images you will be able to transmit a little of that calm. Here are some tricks so they don’t become boring , because it is not the same to reassure than to bore
And if you combine symmetry with other tricks then much better. Look at this picture and as I talk to you about other ways to convey peace, you will see which ones have been used in it.
If you have ever listened to relaxing music you will have been able to verify that along with the melodies of the instruments they introduce sounds of nature, waves of the sea, song of birds, leaves of trees dancing in the wind, crickets, etc. Why? Because nature has a balsamic effect on us, it calms us, gives us peace. That’s why we escape to nature when the city saturates us. We are natural beings for millions of years, the city is an environment too new for humans. If you want to convey peace and tranquility, a landscape of nature is a safe bet.
This example has also used a perspective that evokes when lying on the ground to contemplate the sky and trees. It’s another trick you can use, shoot from a perspective that invites “rest.”
3. SILKY EFFECT
Speaking of nature can not miss the water. Water is undoubtedly the most relaxing element I know (at least in my opinion) and can be used in many ways (you will see more images of water throughout the article). One of the techniques that transmits more peace, if not the most, is the silk effect of water. It has a hypnotizing power that is hardly achieved by other means. Surely you have checked it on your own skin on more than one occasion, what if?
4. PEOPLE IN A RESTING ATTITUDE
If you introduce the human element to add more interest to photography, try to adopt an attitude of rest, calm or stillness. If someone appears running or climbing a mountain, it will transmit other sensations, but of course it doesn’t. Someone sitting contemplating the horizon, lying down, lying down, or even standing but clearly standing, contemplating the landscape. The viewer will be automatically identified and that feeling of peace and tranquility that you are looking for will invade him.
5. SOFT COLORS
Strong and very saturated colors transmit energy, strength … and now we look for the opposite. That is why we will use the opposite, soft colors, visually pleasing tones.
6. LOW CONTRAST
Along the same lines, low contrast has a much smoother effect than highly contrasted images. I refer to images in which there is little difference between lights and shadows, those that do not contain dominant colors and that are made with a diffused light .
7. ISOLATED PLACES
Hasn’t it ever happened to you to calm down after an anger, when you have stressed or feel bad, that you have escaped to an isolated place, away from people, noise and everything that moves? The isolated and lonely places calm us, they are like a balm. Look at this example. How many of the tricks I’ve talked about have been used in photography? Because it’s not just an isolated place, right?
(Solution to the “riddle”: I also see an isolated place, symmetry, soft colors, low contrast, nature and rest posture. A good summary so far, don’t you think? So you see firsthand how you can combine these different ways to convey tranquility).
8. MEDITATION AND RELATED SYMBOLS
Everything that evokes meditation will take your viewer to a place of calm: Zen symbols, people meditating or praying, Japanese gardens, a relaxing gesture (such as caressing something soft), a yoga posture, and so on. Any of these expressions invite peace and tranquility. Take a test
9. NOISE WITHOUT NOISE
This is another trick you can use to convey tranquility. Choose a place that is associated with something noisy but without the element that causes it. For example, the train tracks. When it passes the noise is loud, however, the absence of the train creates a contrast to evoke the silence that invites calm, do you think the same? Look at this picture and then you tell me
The minimalist photographs , by the order, clearing elements, the absence of chaos, the negative spaces, etc., are perfect for inviting calm. Less is more
11. THE SERENITY OF THE NIGHT
The silence, the absence of light, the calm and stillness of the night are ideal companions to reassure even the most stressed of mortals. Practice night and star photography and you will see your goal fulfilled. Also, I’m sure you have fun and learn a lot on the road
AND THE BONUS: BLUE!
Colors are closely related to emotions and sensations. Simply a color can cause us a mood and blue is directly associated with calm, serenity and tranquility. Create images based on the color blue and … voilà!
PREPARE A COCKTAIL WITH DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
As you can see, many of these example images combine different ways of transmitting peace and tranquility. The best trick I can teach you is to practice mixing, try several of these formulas, pick up from here and there and find your own recipes. Shake your imagination and your sensitivity and create your own cocktail of calm sensations.
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