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The summary of 'moods' is equal to 'emotions'

by  Editor Swapnil.


As we delve deeper into the art side of photography we realize that there is one single thing that keeps us interested or hooked on to the works of others or ours. We realize that we unknowingly take a pause on a certain picture that has some ‘X’ factor in it. This X factor is nothing but an emotional feeling. After all the technological development in photography, the debates of brands and the superficial ego satisfactions of owing the best possible gear, it all falls down to this one thing.
The FEELING you get after watching the picture. The emotions you are able to invoke in your audiences are simply the measure of how successful your artwork is. A photographer becomes an artist once he is successful in permeating his emotional thought process in the minds of audience through his work. These kinds of photographs have the quality of rising above all the technical stereotypes such as image quality and compositions and sometimes even the subject.


Fall, leaves, fall” by Delphine Devos


“about isolation” by Christoph Hessel

Looking at a certain image, there are many reasons why we tend to like or dislike it and most of the times it is this feeling because of which we come to this conclusion of how we judge a particular image. We tend to see our reflection when we see a picture and we tend to search our own analogy to which the image matches. Similar to the kind of music we prefer to listen when we are in a certain kind of mood, we subconsciously fall in love with the pictures that more or less portray the kind of mood we are in.
As a photographer the same rule applies. We create the type of images or we create the mood into them subconsciously depending on the kind of mood we are in. some noteworthy examples of this would be compositions having a lonely tree or a lonely hut in the mountains signifying artist’s lonely world or him feeling lonely among the crowd. The most famous pictures of such compositions are from the philosopher’s tree in Hokkaido japan or from the famous tree in south New Zealand Wanaka lake. Through that single entity we signify something so deeper on a subconscious level.


“So Alone, A perfect reflection of my empty soul” by Matt Anderson


“Serenity” by Neville Jones


“Solitude” by Swapnil.

A big factor in enhancing mood is the colour. I dare to add white balance as well in this. The blues or yellow toning can immediately change the mood of the image or the way it is perceived. The use of Reds can inculcate many feeling in the picture as it is the most eye-catching thing in the picture. Similar is the case with contrasts. Where high contrast images can remain in mind for long, the soft contrast pictures can be like a soothing melody for the eyes.

N/T by Petko Petkov


“In The Wind” by kovop


“Riding The Sun” by Mirela Momanu


“Sunset over Kluane Lake” by Yvette Depaepe


N/T by Ivan Huang


“return as always” by Peter Svoboda


“Spoons Abstract: Forest" by Jacqueline Hammer


“Zipper” by Wieteke de Kogel

Adding to above points, the use of low key and high key style of images are known to create a kind of mood the artist wants to portray. Where low-key images generally are considered dark and gloomy, high keys appear a lot happier and peaceful. The amount of detail and the amount of blur used creates a sense of feeling complete or otherwise. Blur has a special relation with mood since using it deprives the viewer of the clarity so he has his space for imagination and filling the void with his own mood or perception.

"Radioactive” by Samanta


“Hopefulness” by Marc Huybrighs


"Two” by Hilde Ghesquiere


“Snow world” by Greetje van Son


Art of composition has a lot to do with the way the artist perceives his world or the viewer understanding the idea behind the image. Rules like use of leading lines, use of diagonals, vanishing point, rule of thirds, the golden mean have all been studied and created by painters on their observations based upon how their work was perceived upon. Use of symmetry almost instantly calms us or a sudden break in it creates a visual tension in the image. Similarly use of positive or negative spaces works amazing in creating a mood. Positive space means having entire frame filled with necessary elements completing the image. These images are intensely busy and powerful. On the other hand negative space means giving breathing space in the composition by allowing the eyes to move in them. Such images are subdued and give peace and calm generally.

“Grow to the light” by Ekkachai Khemkum


“Le Solitaire” by Marc Pelissier


“Shadows and lines” by jan niezen


“Walking the dog” by Huib Limberg


“alta quadratum” by Gilbert Claes


“symmetry” by david ahern

Lastly the most important aspect of creating mood in photography is Light. The red orange hues of sunrise or sunset create a very happy mood whereas the use of blue hour light can be very calm or even gloomy sometimes. Dark light photos or backlight photos can be mysterious and convey a dark feel as it conceals information in a picture whereas bright light is generally used to create an optimistic happy feel in an image. In portraiture, the lighting and the direction of it emphasizes what kind of feel the artist wants to convey.

N/T by Radojica Jevric fotorax


“First song” by Matjaz Cater


“Arctic Wave” by Sebastien DEL GROSSO


“little secrets” by Piet Flour


 N/T by Ümmü Nisan Kandilcioglu 

In summary, creating mood is totally a prerogative of the artist. It can be a successful attempt if it resonates with his audience or can be other way round. Creating art though, should be the foremost objective of any photographer, as real art is timeless. It stays in the memories and isn’t that we are here for in this world? To create memories…

Enjoy more mood pictures by amazing 1x photographers below….

“Prelude To The Dream” by Hengki Lee


“Dialogue of two worlds” by Mikhail Potapov


“wait” by Carmine Chiriaco'


“Caught in the sorrow” by Stefan Eisele


“tree of life” by Anja Buehrer


“As Time Goes By 019” by George Digalakis


“Peace in silence” by Patricia Soon


“Lady...” by Teruhiko Tsuchida


“Towards the light...” by Teruhiko Tsuchida


“After The Rain” by Hengki Lee


Hi Swapnil and yYvette, Splendid work Swapnil. A wonderful article full of emotions and a great gallery. I'm honored to be part of it. Many thanks again. Hilde
Splendid work from a lot of creative photographers :)
Best friend Swapnil ... Beautiful explanation of the concept of art photography in different forms and approaches. Fantastic interpretation of the valuable contribution of diversity. I thank you in particular for showing the publication and the value of 1X... Regards. Gil
Great gallery and articles. Thanks for sharing.
Great summary of moody images and explination. Thanks Swapnill and Yvette.
ohhh wow not that collection of image in previous articles were not good (they were excellent ) but that collection here and the analysis with it is very powerful. It is down to the essence of photography as art. I can find here almost all the photographer of the 1x family that did touch me indeed with the emotion in their image (and therefore very honored to have my tree picture in such great compant) .. thanks so much Swapnil for this
Thank u so much marc for your words! It was really a pleasure to collect such beautiful images
Thanks Swapnil for yr great article and being part of yr chosen picture collection.Great job and congrats to all the other authors!
Thanks a lot jan! Much appreciated
cool Congratulations
Most of my beloved photographers are there, very inspiring images.
It becomes a fantastic article with beautifull photography. Compliments to Swapnil for this article and his chosen photo's. I'm very glad to see that one of my pictures is choosen too. Thank you!. To all!
Thanks so much greetje !! Much appreciated
Thanks Swapnil. for this excellent article and great gallery. Congratulations to all the authors from the selected images. Have a great weekend ahead! Cheers, Yvette
Thank you so much yvette!!
Yvette thanks to you as well ofcourse!