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A Question of Direction

FundyBrian

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I made this photo today and while editing it I made a flipped version. It wasn't something I did with conscious planning. It was more subconscious. For some reason I felt I needed to try it. Looking at both of them I noticed something and I wanted to see if anyone else felt the same thing.
Look at the 2 photos and consider which way the road is going. Then look below.
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The first picture is the flipped version. To me it looks as though the road comes in from the left. In the second picture the road leads off to the right. This comes entirely from our custom of reading left to right, which also carries over in how we read photos.
It was when I was looking at the 2 versions of this same photo that I noticed my different reaction to the road.
What do you think?
 

sinnerjohn

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Before looking at your text, I decided the first image was the flipped one. The second image just looks right, I really can't explain why, maybe these thing are hard coded into us? Interesting stuff Brian.
 

FundyBrian

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To me, the flipped version, the first photo, is about arriving. You travel along the road and arrive at the open space in the foreground of the photo.
In the second one, you're already there, with the open space in the foreground at the starting position of your "reading" of the image. Then you travel along the road, leaving.
I think it is a question of timing and how you feel the open foreground space.
 

FundyBrian

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Before looking at your text, I decided the first image was the flipped one. The second image just looks right, I really can't explain why, maybe these thing are hard coded into us? Interesting stuff Brian.
Yes, I think you are right about something being hard coded in us. But what is it and where did it come from?
 

lisamjw

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The second image feels right to me, Brian. Maybe it comes from years of teaching little ones about concepts of print...right to left; top to bottom! ;)
 

terse

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I read both trails as leaving rather than arriving. I feel a slight preference for the first image over the second, and I have a suspicion that I probably take a few more of my own shots in that direction, looking left rather than right (although I'm sure not going to go through my archives to do a tally!).
 

deepop

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I'm left handed. I prefer the second outward bound photo. As does Brian, I feel the flipped version has the road entering from the left ... but then I feel like it gets trapped in the lower right corner, which is somewhat jarring.
 

RoseCat

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I made this photo today and while editing it I made a flipped version. It wasn't something I did with conscious planning. It was more subconscious. For some reason I felt I needed to try it. Looking at both of them I noticed something and I wanted to see if anyone else felt the same thing.
Look at the 2 photos and consider which way the road is going. Then look below.
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Don't peek yet...











The first picture is the flipped version. To me it looks as though the road comes in from the left. In the second picture the road leads off to the right. This comes entirely from our custom of reading left to right, which also carries over in how we read photos.
It was when I was looking at the 2 versions of this same photo that I noticed my different reaction to the road.
What do you think?
Oddly, the second non-flipped image is somewhat *disturbing* to my eye. It just felt "off".... wrong somehow. The road didn't look right to me. [emoji848]
 

RoseCat

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I prefer the first one, but I can't say why. The second one, with the road going off to the right feels wrong somehow and it makes me uncomfortable. Weird.
Yes!!! I just wrote almost the exact same thing! (before reading anyone else's replies) We need zenjenny in here to psychoanalyze us.
 

RoseCat

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The second image feels right to me, Brian. Maybe it comes from years of teaching little ones about concepts of print...right to left; top to bottom! ;)
So Lisa just came in and destroyed the theory: Boys=unflipped, Girls=flipped. :confusing:

Could it be left-brained=unflipped, right-brained=flipped?
 
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