Can a still life image have framing in it or is framing usually found in landscape photography?

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    \$\begingroup\$ What do you mean exactly? Please post some example images. \$\endgroup\$
    – null
    May 6, 2015 at 14:51

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Sure. Framing is a technique in composition where objects in the photo direct the viewers attention by covering (usually) one or more edges, creating a sort of frame-within-the-frame. In landscape photography, this is usually foreground trees or rocks — but it doesn't have to be. It could be a building, or even people. In Raphael's Sistine Madonna, the figures to the left and right and the cherubs below (more famous than the whole!) frame the subject — mother and child

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This, of course, is no still life, but it illustrates the principle: framing isn't restricted to landscapes.

In a still life, framing might include cloth drapery, the edge of a table, a doorway... any element that isn't part of the main subject but serves as, well, a framing device for it.

This example (The Juice of Life, CC-BY-SA Esther Spektor) demonstrates this — here, the curtain and the edge of the window provide framing for the arrangement on the table.

The Juice of Life, CC-BY-SA Esther Spektor

Of course, here it's somewhat subtle and the framing objects are not in the foreground; a more overt use of framing might be looking through an open window, where the window's literal frame would serve as framing in this sense, too.

("Framing" also has a different sense, the relationship of the entire photograph's rectangular frame to all visible elements — in that sense, of course, all photographs exhibit framing.)


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