A card game about matching pictures and learning how to compose images by the eye!
Ages: 7 and up
1 to 6 players.

The pictures in the cards teach you how images are made. You are practicing yet another language, the Visual Language. This game contains ten themes -or ideas- of this language that you can use to make nice photographs or drawings.
Share your photos or drawings on Instagram with the hashtag

#myphotogame

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Discover more about the themes

Round

If you draw something with circles or take pictures of objects that are rounded, the image looks friendly.

Square

If you draw something with squares or take pictures of objects or lines with the shape of a square or rectangle, the image looks strong and solid.

Triangular

If you draw something with pointy corners or take pictures of objects or lines with triangular corners or pointy endings, the image looks powerful or scary.

Groups and areas

You create groups and areas when you draw or place people or objects together, as part of a group, located within the same closed area.

Central

You can create a central composition when you place things, animals or people in the centre.

Horizontal

You can create a horizontal composition when you put things parallel to the horizon.

Threes

If you divide your illustration or photo into a grid with nine equal parts and then you place a person or a thing along the intersections, you create a visually pleasing image.

Contrast

There is contrast in the image when you create strong differences between two or more elements: black and white, large and short, thin and thick…

Repetition

There is repetition when there are elements that appear two times or more. If you replicate something a number of times, it creates a pattern, like the strikes or circles you draw on a shirt.

Proportion

There is proportion if you scale well all parts of the image in relation to each other. The proportions are interesting, though not real, if an elephant is smaller than a cat, or a kid is bigger than a house.

Example for Central: Jeptha Homer Wade (1837). Jeptha Homer was a busy man that had factories and made paintings like this one of Nathaniel Olds that you can see at the Cleveland Museum of Art.The spectacles he wears were to protect against Argand Lamps. If you want to know more about this painting:

http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1991.134.2

Example for Proportion: Matrakçi Nasuh, 16th century. Matrakçı Nasuh was born in Bosnia, was an expert In mathematics and history, and was well known for his miniatures depicting landscapes and cities of 16th-century in Persia. Discover his amazing paintings here:

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-maps-of-matrakci-nasuh-16th-century-polymath/

Example for Repetition: Adeline Harris (1856).  Adeline, from Rhode Island, was 17 when she started to make a quilt asking people to sign in small cubes of silk and stitching the 360 signatures to more than 150 different fabrics. If you want to see the cubes in detail:

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/adeline-harris-sears-autographs-quilt-1856-ca-1863/

Example for Groups and Areas: Christine de Pizan, 15th Century. Christine de Pizan was born in Italy and raised in France. She was a writer and historian that devoted her work to women’s equality already in the middle ages. This miniature belongs to her book “The City of Ladies”. You can read more about her here:

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/04/24/christine-de-pizan/

Example for Contrast: Beatus Of Facundus (1047). In the 9th century, in the mountains of northern Spain, a monk named Beatus de Facundus illustrated a collection of writings. His depictions were so beautiful that throughout hundreds of years they would be hand copied over and over again as there was no technology for printing. You can see more beautiful illustrations from him here:

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-beatus-of-facundus/

More ways to learn

Look carefully at the images and ask yourself what you see: the types of lines, positions, groups, colors…
What do you think the painter/ artist wanted to show or express?
What does this image make you feel?

Be creative like a real photographer! Choose a pink card. Take a photo that illustrates the theme. Share it on Instagram #myphotogame and see what other people photographed. When you’ve tried all the themes, you can start taking photos based on two pink cards at a time.

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