Having the ability to ‘zoom in’ allows you to focus in on areas of a frame / scene.
To me this means seeing “Scenes within scenes” – almost like Ex 1.2 – Point, where the image was composed within just one section of the frame, or Ex 1.43 – Line, where using lines to flatten images creates a completely different, possibly abstract photograph to one that was at a wider angle to give context.
I wanted to explore this idea of an scene within a scene, or an image within an image. A few examples sprang to mind.
World’s Largest Image
195-Billion Pixel Interactive Image of Shanghai – interactive and immersing, with incredible zoom and minimal loss of quality.
I was able to take this giant image, and select frames within it to create different images. The level of zoom increased the image quality decreased, but over all I think it demonstrates the concept of an image within an image well. This also demonstrates what was mentioned in the text within the examples of Blade Runner and Blow Up, where the images lose their resolution beyond recognition as they are enlarged.
I especially liked the two latter scenes; the 5 way roundabout zoomed in to create an image of the oblivious pedestrians, and the city landscaped zoomed in to a small landscaped area, creating some interesting lines the two solitary subjects, created from an image that would have originally contained tens of thousands of people.
These books are famous for hiding mini scenes within one giant scene. Since I was a kid I have loved looking through for the little scenes, often providing more entertainment than finding Wally himself. Many of these are humorous, and although Wally is clearly meant to be the main subject of each image, he’s easily lost in the busyness of a very hectic double page spread. While this may be the purpose of a photograph, to disguise, it’s also important to think about not doing this if not the original intention.
Incidentally, it turns out it’s much easier to spot Wally during a global pandemic.
This Where’s Wally image reminded me of the below photo by Chis Steele-Perkins. Multiple things happening within one image on the beach. Any one of these scenes could have been ‘zoomed in on’ to create an image in itself, but Steele-Perkins chose to include them all in one frame making for what I feel is a much more interesting image. However, had Steele-Perkins shot an ultra wide photograph of the busy beach as a whole much like the Where’s Wally above, I think the impact of this photograph – and therefore these ‘scenes’ – would have been lost entirely.
I plan to use this concept when I shoot my images for Ex 2.1. I may have to get creative with the ‘scenes’ I use, as crowded spaces with lots happening in a small space are hard to come by at the moment!