Juxtaposition can be achieved by using two (or more) objects/subjects and highlighting their differences visually. But, you can also use concepts, instead of physical objects, to make your point. If you use objects, they both need to be strong independently of each other, so that the viewer is drawn to each one for its own merit. Then, and only then, will the viewer begin to compare each to the other.
If you use concepts (mood, irony, etc.) we need to make sure the viewer can understand them.
I did another inventory of my images this past week and found that I use juxtaposition more with people than with animals. However, it is a great tool, and from this point forward, I plan on watching for opportunities to juxtapose images when possible.
Here is my image for this week using scale (or size) in my composition.
Then, in going back through some photos, I found a people-oriented photo that used a concept as juxtaposition. In this case I used some irony to debunk a stereotype, and illustrate the concept of how small boys today have wider and broader horizons. The fact that there are dinosaurs on his shirt and tulle just behind him, made for an interesting statement. But everyone knows that tulle is pretty hard to resist in the land of frou-frou, no matter what is on your shirt.
Now, off with their heads. Oh, wait. That's a different story. Now, off to the blog circle and more juxtapostioning. This week you are starting with Susannah Maynard of Pet Love Photography serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay area. Happy Friday!