The visible background in a photograph has a significant influence on our ability to recognize and distinguish the main object from its surrounding. In addition the choice of background effects the interpretation of the image as a whole.
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The Significance of the Visible Background in (Object -) Photography
by Michelle Aimeé, 2023
This text is a summary of an unpublished research paper based on visual experiments, qualitative interviews, and image reviews, written in the context of my master’s in Visual Communications and Iconic Research at the Basel School of Design in 2018.