Continuing on from yesterday's discussion with the film about the architectural photographer Julius Shulman, I was left with enough interest that I watched the movie again. During one part of it, Shulman is describing a picture of a building that is shot square-on and states it was a one-point perspective. After some reading about it, I believe that I've had a long-term fascination with art and photography shot with this style, but didn't really know it. Here is the Wikipedia entry (which is too technical), but if you have a couple minutes then visit this blog and watch the video about the work of Stanley Kubrick. It will give an excellent visual definition with dozens of examples. Here is the direct Vimeo link to the video, if the blog entry goes down. I'm reminded of this idea that I've had for a long time, I think from an interview I did with a local camera club member who stated that photographers don't study traditional art enough. I think we probably should include the study of cinematographers and music video produces, as well.
"The camera is the least important element in photography. That's
why in my seminars I won't allow a camera to be introduced until we
look at what we're judging."
Visual Acoustics, 2008