chapter  9
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Image-Making

Positive Space and Negative Space The interplay between positive space and negative space is at the essence of composition. The balance between what is seen and

composition are the spectrums, or ranges, between positive and negative space, and between symmetry and asymmetry. How these visual elements are composed affects how they relate to each other. The designer is responsible for directing the eye of the viewer. If you change a single element in a frame, all of the elements change by varying degrees. The more

tension between the visible and the invisible. An understanding of how to manipulate the relationship between what is there and what is not there is essential to creating strong compositions. Negative space is one of the most important terms used in critiquing style frames. The viewer’s eye needs areas of empty space in order to be purposefully directed toward the focal point of an image.