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Photographic Composition by David Page, Richard D. Zakia

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Figure Ground

Albert Paley Sentinel

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David Page

Figure–Ground Competition

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Irving Pobboravsky

Selection
Planned
Unplanned
Figure and Ground Compete
Camouflage
Notan
Exercises

Selection: The first step in seeing is selection—separating a figure (the subject) from the background (ground). Did you first see the white pedestals as figures? If you did, then the dark area served as the ground. But you could also have seen the dark area, which has a similar shape, as the figure. When you do, then the white pedestals become the ground. Figure and ground ...

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