By Ian Warwick
It’s called the rule of thirds. By dividing an image into nine equal parts with two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and placing subjects at the intersection of these lines, you should be able to create more interesting pictures.
It’s also considered a starting point if you want to learn more about photography, according to Department of Art technician Jim Williams.
“I believe you have to start with technique because without it, you can’t go on to make a visual impact, to show creativity and imagination,” he says. “A good picture tells a story.”
Williams was one of four judges in the Lens On Learning 40th anniversary photo contest sponsored by the U of C Senate and involving almost all faculties. Shown here are the eight images that the panel chose as winners. In the under-18 age category, Robert Anderson won in Campus Scenes, Student Life and Black & White, and Katie Pendergast won the U of C in the Community category. In the over-18 category the winners are: Campus Scenes: Don Sucha; Student Life: Lucas Meisl; Black & White: Alexander Grigoriyan; and Community: Ming Bo Zhou.
The People’s Choice award winner is Ming Bo Zhou.
“We had a huge response to the photo exhibition on Nov. 16 and 17 in MacEwan Student Centre,” says U of C Senate representative Heather Herring. “Everyone appreciated having the opportunity to pick their own favourite. There are some remarkable images in this collection.”
Many of the photos entered in the competition will continue to be used—so even if your image didn’t win, keep your eye out for it in a variety of upcoming campus publications.