Juxtaposition is nothing more than a side-by-side comparison of two or more objects or people. This effect creates contrast in colors, shapes, lines, etc. The concept of juxtaposition plays with people’s curiosity and thoughtfulness. It should not be the ultimate goal, but your purpose should be to capture something that conveys powerful meaning/message.

You can juxtapose just about anything with dissimilarity:

  • Size
  • Shadows and Reflections
  • Colors
  • Shapes

We can also use juxtaposition throughout the layers of a photograph. Think about juxtaposing elements between foreground, mid-ground, and background. This effect adds depth and may highlight differences to a greater extent.

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