Filling the Frame

Lately, I have developed a new understanding for the concept of “filling the frame” in relation to cropping or working with the full aspect ratio (4:6 for 35mm) of the frame. Ever since I starting reading and observing works from the greats such as Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, etc. I realized that even they cropped when it was necessary for printing and composition. When I first dove into Aperture’s Henri Cartier-Bresson: Interviews and Conversations,1951–1998 and read a part of his forward from The Decisive Moment: “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.” I instantly took that statement to heart in terms of not disorienting the expression of the scene in each of my individual photographs and being considerate of the precise organization of forms. As I look back, I see that I interpreted and created an idea in which a good photograph will not need cropping. That idea has definitely helped me refine and further develop as a photographer by completely analyzing each part of the frame that I was filling but it also hindered me from being able to look at an image a different way. Cropping has enabled me to enjoy some of the photographs that I would otherwise just throw into my archives and possibly never revisit again. As a result of this newfound acceptance for me and my work, here are some images that I believe are more striking in terms of composition and balance when cropped: