Part 2, Project 2 – Lens Work

Research Point

Depth of field can be used to direct the viewers eye. It can assist in guiding the eye through an image with the aid of compositional choices, that frame the points and shapes in the image. It can be used to create a shallow area of access to the viewer with lots of defocussed zones. This technique has been used by Kim Kirkpatrick as he re-imagines the American landscape “searching for unnoticed elements of beauty” (Kim Kirkpatrick, Early Work, Kim Kirkpatrick Early Work).

It was interesting to be challenged for this project to look through my small archive for an image I felt used depth of field, in a style that communicates or leads a viewer’s eye to effect a statement. I chose an image with deep depth of field, though also slow shutter speed.


The image has deep depth of field yet also the blurred effect of the moving train. The framing of the bench and the bench being the subject of focus draws the eye. Yet the depth of field will still allow for further exploration of the image. The image communicates a sense of tension. It describes my path of gained perspective viewing and reviewing in both past and present tense these last few years and the stresses and sense of remoteness from the rest of society that has given me.


Kim Kirkpatrick, Early Work,  [] Last accessed 15/04/2016