Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880 - 1920
Arts & Humanities
Drawing Outside the Frame
A photographer is usually very deliberate in setting up an image. The borders of a picture can isolate a subject from its surroundings or emphasize its relationship to other items within the cameras view. No matter how an image appears in a photograph, however, there is a complete world that exists just beyond the frame.
Select a detailed photograph from the collection and print it onto a sheet of paper. Cut and paste this image onto a large sheet of paper and draw what you imagine would surround this scene by drawing around the edges of the photograph. Keep the following questions in mind:
- What was the photographer trying to emphasize in the photograph?
- Are there any items within the photograph that need to be extended onto the rest of the page?
- How does your drawing alter the style and meaning of the image?