Contemporary photographer Sze Tsung Leong demonstrates
how value contrasts can create the illusion of very deep
space—a phenomenon called Atmospheric Perspective.
Note how your
perception of the
particular lightness or
darkness of a value
changes depending on
the values that are next
This is a concept called
Project Number Three: Value Scale Collage
We are going to make a value scale that uses collage as a medium for
creating a gradation of lights and shadows. Using your ruler and graphite
pencil, create a 9”x4” rectangle (or some other similar long-sided
dimension) on a sheet of Bristol Board, then start finding, sorting, and
cutting your small collage elements in order to eventually and gradually
glue them inside this rectangle in a manner that creates a smooth transition
from black on one side to white on the other. Use your printed-out value
scale to help you determine the correct value (and ultimate position) of the
small pieces of collage elements that you will gather from glossy
magazines, photographs, or high quality computer print-outs.
Hint: try to find and assemble all (or at least most) of your collage elements
before you glue them down. Keeping the pieces organized in individual
envelopes as you work is also helpful. Also: you might want to create a
particular theme for your collage with the imagery you choose.
Once the value scale has been completed, you can then use the paper
cutter to shave off the edges of your value scale, if desired.