Negative space

Negative space is the area not covered by the subject. We can use negative space to add interest or, in some cases convey calm. Negative space is not wasted space, in this case less is more.

Include negative space in images that you want to send to a micro stock agency. Agencies that buy rights to images are usually looking for images that will support product sales, negative space in an image provides room for text.


The boats are blobs of colour on a blank canvas. Negative space is to the upper right. The negative space amplifies the bleak weather that the boats are experiencing.


The trees and bridge form a boundary between two negative spaces. Negative space can be used for many purposes.


The text is “found poetry” compiled from the English translations on information signs in the various parks we traveled to in China.

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