D1 Continuity

lipslipsContinuity is all about visual flow: the means of leading one’s eye through a composition. There are two types of continuity: Visual and Physical. Visual continuity is about alignment, basically. Physical continuity is about physically connecting. An image of a clothesline with the line removed exhibits both types. In the end, it’s about how the eye navigates.

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Exercise in Visual Continuity: Find or create an image of a crowded jam. It could be cars at rush hour, an ant colony, a crowded herd of cattle, etc. Enlarge to 11″x17″. Divide it up into a series of 1″ squares as you can get out of the image.

Arrange the squares into a grid formation that repeats the original image except that this version has at least 1″ of space all around each square.

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At this point, you’ll notice two forms of visual continuity. The first form is seen from square to square to square along each square’s outside edge or contour both vertically and horizontally. The second is seen across the field of squares that make up the overall image. Each square’s image is an extension of all the other adjacent square images. The eyes see the physical separation created by the squares but the mind still perceives the image as a whole, continuous thing. Are you done? Take a photo.

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