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Gallery Five: Using the frame to define ideas

We have two opportunities to frame an image to help communicate an idea. First, and most important, is when we look into our viewfinder to make the picture itself. If we are not happy with the result, we can sometimes strengthen our photographs by cropping them, which gives us a second chance to use the boundaries of our pictures as a tool for expression. When I frame my travel images in my LCD viewfinder, I constantly watch the edges of my pictures, making sure that what is out should be out and what is in should be in. The frame functions as an editor – including or rejecting information according to our intentions. But framing images is more than just a matter of in or out. I also use it to suggest movement, imply the presence of content outside of the picture, and offer a sense of scale, intimacy, fragmentation, or depth. I can sometimes even abstract my subject with it. Here are some examples of using the frame to communicate, generally selected from my archive of digital travel impressions posted at

This gallery is presented in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.