Working in a visual medium means I’m always trying to pin-point what makes an image successful because once that conundrum is solved I can make images even more successful. I was working on this styling project the other day when I couldn’t decide which image I liked more–the one where the pottery was placed out on a white background, or the one where the pottery was all on a blue tray. So I decided to pose the question to my IG followers to see which they liked more:
The one with the blue tray got more ‘likes’ but the one on white got more comments in favor–lots of people suggested that the contrast of blue on white and the ‘breathing room’ between the objects made for a more successful image. The test was inconclusive.
and I am still torn. I think that on the white background, each individual element stands out more…
But I’m inclined to think that as a composition as a whole, I like the blue-tray image more–and somehow I find it a bit more visually interesting.
What are your thoughts? Which do you like more? which do you think is the more successful/catchy/pretty image and why?