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Giorgio De Chirico can influence your photography – 2

April 11, 2020
Giorgio De Chirico photography

In the previous article i’ve analyzed the strong visual impact and the complexity of De Chirico‘s metaphysical paintings. He was a founder of the methaphysical artistic movement influencing also surrealist as Renè Magritte and Salvador Dalì. I’ve made a parallelism between his paintings and photography. In this second part I’ll analyze Giorgio De Chirico’s paintings paying more attention to compositions, perspectives and architectures.

Composition, perspective and architectures

De Chirico painted architectures with classic elements probably influenced by his greek origins; he was inspired also by the italian squares (like Torino). In his paintings places are empty with late afternoon lights and long shadows oriented in different directions (bizarre and alienating element). Rarely you can see human beings that usually are lonely and distant. Analyzing his works we can appreciate an awesome use of dizzying perspective and how he composed the scenes balancing elements among them. Facades, used like theatre wings, emphasize the depth of the scene. If De Chirico was a photographer he’d have used a wide-angle lens for sure. Many of his compositions are minimal and essential.

iorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

 

iorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

 

In De Chirico’s paintings triangles and trapezoids are metaphysical elements. Triangular compositions create a strong visual effect in painting, photography and cinema. Triangle, symbol of perfection, balances and gives dynamism to the whole scene.

Giorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

iorgio De Chirico photography

 

Thinking to the masters of street photography I can find many examples of triangular compositions but I’ve posted only few examples.

Giorgio De Chirico photography
Joseph Koudelka

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography
Henry Cartier Bresson
Giorgio De Chirico photography
Bruce Gilden
Giorgio De Chirico photography
Bruce Gilden

 

In some paintings scene is split in two different parts.

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Alex Webb (Magnum photographer) uses this kind of composition in many of his pictures. He tries often to find an element that literally split the scene in two different sections.

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

 

Giorgio De Chirico photography

Giorgio De Chirico photography

END OF PART TWO

That’s all folks

 

Stay well, have always light in your life

Best, F.S

 

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