Even if the road is completely straight and empty it is impossible to control the car. But, if you were sitting up-side-down behind the steering wheel, you could control its direction with no problem. That this is because our brain feels most comfortably in the level position. Our nervous system incl. eyes, inner ears and brain create sense of balance so we can walk without falling.
This is why when we are about to take a photo our first reaction is to make sure the picture in the viewfinder is level and we get everything we want - that it is composed nicely and our brain feels comfortable.
Some people deliberately ‘spoil’ the picture by tilting their camera to make it more interesting. But most of us feel uneasy because it is a bit of a risk, because it is unnatural. We push aside the thought that the results can be quite amazing.
A medium size film and 12 frames setting is very useful in such situations. You end up photographing much wider view than you think and when you give your film for development you should instruct the lab NOT to crop your pictures. Everything in the exposed field is important, esp. if the main subject ended up on the edge.
Going against nature – viewing the photo
The results surprised me. An experienced photographer commented on one of the pictures saying it made him fell dizzy but very intrigued and he loved it. I hope he didn’t smoke a dope looking at it at the same time and the comment was genuine.
Again, this is our brain that expects to see things straight and gets confused when looking at a photo taken with an angle. It is trying to correct the view. It is interacting more with the picture. The viewer is engaged and the photo feels more interesting regardless if creates positive or negative impression it conveys. It makes you think.