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Dialogue

Guest host Frédéric Biver shows how photos, just like people, can communicate with each other.

Image by Frédéric Biver

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We’re thrilled to have Frédéric Biver as this week’s Photo Challenge host. Fred is an architect and avid photographer based in Switzerland and the UK, and blogs at fakeormistake. Some of his photography has been collected in Fake or Mistake: A Book of Evidences (2012). He was profiled, more recently, in Featured E Magazine.

Dialogue is an engaging conversational exchange.

When it comes to photography, dialogue can be perceived as a consensual interaction between two images.

Placed next to each other, each photograph opens up to meanings that weren’t there when viewed alone.

Each composition reveals the photographer’s specific sensitivity to certain content or visual elements.

In these examples, I tried to make pictures talk to each other.

Not sure how to foster dialogue between two images? Try:

  • Photos of the same subject from different perspectives.
  • Photos with similar color palettes, textures, or geometric shapes.
  • A before-and-after or cause-and-effect composition.

With an intuitive approach, I considered the photos’ subject matter and graphic attributes and chose those that resonated with each other, creating cross-dependencies and visual analogies. They’re combinations that tell a story.

The resulting dialogue — they story they tell — is the creation of each viewer’s individual perception.

It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other?

Photo credits: all images in this post are by Frédéric Biver.

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