It’s silly how long it’s taken me to realise this.

My latest experiments on incorporating sound waveforms into portraits have reached the idea of using negative space, with the wave shape forming an unorthodox kind of frame around the subject’s face.

Gilbert neg space portrait

A few days after playing with this idea it struck that it is visually a little similar to my final assignment for Documentary, where I used pie charts as photographic shapes.


Now, the decision to use unusual shapes to frame the photographs was made for very different reasons in each project, but it’s interesting to see that I have arrived at a similar visual treatment despite having taken entirely different routes.

I wonder, is there something about non-standard framing shapes that attracts me?

Maybe this is an avenue for wider research.


I realised today that it’s actually the third time I’ve used negative space / unusual shapes!

I used a vertical letterbox format on landscape white backdrop for an assignment on Gesture & Meaning.


So I have even more form in this particular aesthetic…!