Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This photograph by Elijah Gowin from his series “Of Falling and Floating” demonstrates motion beautifully. The diagonal lines of her legs and arms give us the sensation of motion, along with the fact that the outline of her legs and arms is rather nondescript – it fades into the background of the clouds and the sky. The outline on her body is rather blurry, also indicative of speed. Furthermore, even when I just glance at this picture, the way her head is lower than the rest of her body makes me feel like she is about to tumble over and plummet, head first. This anticipated motion makes me edgy and nervous, which is a powerful invocation of kinesthetic empathy.