Today seems like an Itten’s Contrasts kind of day, with rainbows reflected in puddles as the sun dances in and out of Seattle downpour. I started an Itten’s Contrast series on the eve of 2010 — finishing just eight of my twelve promised posts. I’m tallying up the final four today, two years later, with a link back to the two posts that inspired the original project: It’s Not Imbalanced — It’s Itten and The 12 Days of Itten’s Contrasts.

The gist of the exercise is to pair two photographs, each containing an element that contrasts with the other. In the third photograph, you include both contrasting elements in one photograph. The key is to expand beyond the literal and into the metaphorical, imaginative and sensory aspects of the characteristic in question.

Liquid / Solid


Pacific Ocean Storm and Waves

Pacific - ©ingridtaylar


Solid Door

Clearly Solid - ©ingridtaylar

Liquid & Solid:

Soup and Toast

Soup + Toast - ©ingridtaylar

Still / Moving


Deer in Grass Field

Still a Deer - ©ingridtaylar


Hood Ornament in Motion

Ornament in Reverse - ©ingridtaylar

Still & Moving:


Moving in Place - ©ingridtaylar

Loud / Soft


Fireworks Over San Francisco

Fire + Night - ©ingridtaylar


Moss on Trees in Rockport Washington

Rockport Moss - ©ingridtaylar

Loud & Soft:

Blue Socks on UC Berkeley Campus

Pedestrian Blues - ©ingridtaylar

Opaque / Transparent


Coiled Boom in Port of Seattle

Boom - ©ingridtaylar


Okay … translucent.

Translucent Cucumber Slices

Translucent Green - ©ingridtaylar

Opaque & Transparent:

Broken Window in Trailer

Broken Home - ©ingridtaylar