27 Best Juxtaposition Photography Examples to Inspire You (2022)

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The definition of juxtaposition is placing two things together to show contrast or similarities.

In photography, we use composition, forced perspectives or props to convey the contrasts in the picture. Photographs can also rely on cultural ideas and identities of the viewers.

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What Is Juxtaposition?

Juxtaposition happens when there are two or more elements in a scene that contrast with each other. Or one element contributes towards the other to create a theme.

It’s all about making the viewer wonder why we chose a certain viewpoint for the picture.

To create a point of juxtaposition, the picture must contain at least two elements with strong visual weight. The viewer looks at both of these at the same time, coming to a conclusion about the purpose of each element.

What makes juxtaposition such an interesting compositional tool? It’s based on the chance appearances of two elements, although it can be forced at times.

Some photos with juxtaposition need context to work. This sort of juxtaposition can work well in the right circumstances. But you need to make sure that the viewer is aware enough of the relevant information to understand it.

When you start to include contrasting elements in a scene, things become a little bit more complicated. This is often where you’ll see forced juxtaposition.

Forcing Juxtaposition

It’s one thing to be awarethat juxtapositionexistswhen you’re taking a picture. But it’s another to go looking for it.

Anyone can sit outside a big bank and wait for a homeless person to walk past to take a photograph. That’s a matter of time, not skill. The more you know about composition, the more you understand a scene just by looking at it. Understanding composition is the basis behind taking a good picture.

The most subtle cases of juxtaposition result in stronger photos.

Now check out our 27 examples of juxtaposition below. They can inspire you to create similar scenarios.

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1. Animate vs Inanimate

Yes, it is Picasso. It has Picasso sitting at a table, and bread rolls take the place of his hands. What makes this picture work is that it is subtle at first. Your focus places itself on his eyes where his attention is going.

What makes this a juxtapositional scene is that we see the unexpected. We see hands in the corner of our eyes, and it is when we focus our attention that we notice the conflict.

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2. Big vs Small

Basic examples of juxtaposition provide two conflicting ideas in one picture. We can do that with something as size differences. Something big and something small. And we can strengthen this through the relationship of the subjects.

Here the person is dwarfed by the huge mountains.

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3. Big vs Small (Post-Editing)

Another way to show size differences between two objects is by creating the effect during post-processing.

Here, a photograph of a young boy is superimposed on top of a photograph of Rome. He becomes a Godzilla figure, terrorising St. Peter’s Square.

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4. Black vs White

Colors are great examples of juxtaposition in photography. And there are no two colors that contrast better than black and white. This is because black and white have significance beyond their role as colors.

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5. Fat vs Skinny

Another simple area to look at is the physicality of fat and skinny subjects. This can work with other objects, as long as you single them out in an otherwise busy image.

The visual contrast and juxtaposition in this picture are undeniable.

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6. Emotion vs Emotionless

Photographers use the difference between foreground and background all the time.

Here, we are using the foreground and background interactions as the juxtaposition. There’s the couple on the billboard kissing in the background. While the two in the foreground are facing away from each other.

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7. Healthy vs Harmful

You can change humans’ perception of something using props. Here, the pomegranate has been turned into a grenade. This idea is very simple. Both objects look very similar to spherical shapes. But the meaning has changed.

Does the photographer want to convey that pomegranates can cause death? They do in the Greek myth ofPersephone. They may be simply showing us the contrast between something healthy and something harmful.

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8. Human vs Machine

Juxtaposition can touch on the surreal. Here, we have an aerial photograph making use of patterns and juxtaposition.

The gap in the puzzle breaks the pattern since we expect to see another car. And the nude person creates a contrast between the natural and the manmade.

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9. Lines vs Circles

Shapes and forms serve as great ways to bring interest to a picture. They are inherently contrasting. Here, the shapes are not only from the holes in the ceiling. But from the shadows hitting the multitude of lines on the walls.

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10. Mixed Concepts Juxtaposition Examples

We can’t always find examples of juxtaposition in the world around us. Sometimes, we can create it during post-processing.

Here, a picture of a tree and an atomic bomb mushroom cloud were merged. Death and life in the same picture.

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11. Nature vs Man-Made

Our world consists of manmade and natural objects. It only fits to show these contrasts in our daily life. This picture below has a few juxtapositions. These make the picture visually striking.

It shows us the manmade structure, with very clear-cut lines and perfectly repeated rectangles. This is in contrast to the bumpy curves of the tree. It also presents us with an idea of repetition. Every rectangle is exactly the same, yet each branch is unique.

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12. New Technology vs Old Technology

Technology is another great way to show examples of juxtaposition. We create and develop technology so fast that it quickly outdates all past mechanical objects.

Showing the difference between the old and the new tells us something about our society. The story behind the image is powerful.

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13. New vs Old Architecture

Architecture is almost inescapable. It tells us so much about the place and time of the taken picture. Consider the image below.

We see the array of different architectural styles in the foreground. The huge skyscraper in the background overshadows these. Out with the old and in with the new.

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14. Young vs Old

Nothing tugs our heartstrings more than images that show old and young humans. We see the passing on of information, of cultures and traditions through their interactions. A gentle reminder that life is fleeting and time flies by so very fast.

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15. Patterns and Colors Juxtaposition Examples

Patterns and colors are a very basic but striking way to show juxtaposition in photography. In the image below, the photographer managed to capture a scarf that resembles the environment in the road work barriers and tape.

The colors and patterns may be the same, but the juxtaposition comes from the use of the objects. You can find lots of juxtapositions when shooting street photography.

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16. People vs Warfare

Documentary photographers find ways to incorporate humans and their settings to form a story. Here, children play around a disused and abandoned artillery weapon.

An object of death and destruction has become an object of play, laughter and joy.

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17. People vs Perception

This is among my favourite photographs. It makes us think. It is a very simple image, captured from the air, showing a man holding onto a ledge for dear life.

After a few seconds, we realise the obvious background. It is a tennis court, and we have been caught out. Again, the setting has been repurposed, changing our idea of the area and using it for different means. Bravo!

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18. Wealth vs Poverty

An area that many photographers like to cover is that of wealth vs poverty. It is social commentary at its most basic, and most powerful. It is something that we can all acknowledge, as it is a global problem.

This photographer aimed to show these contrasting elements through aerial photography. You can see the difference of the densely populated area vs the sparser, and greener area to the left.

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19. Poverty vs Idealism

Billboards, as we see, are great ways to show the state of the country the image was taken in. They serve as backdrops to products, services and public announcements.

Here, the billboard proudly states that this country has the ‘world’s highest standard of living’. And in the foreground, one sees many people queuing for food. Otherwise known as a breadline.

And the happy people in the background are all white, whereas the entire breadline is made up of people of color. This screams volumes.

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20. Repurposing Juxtapositions

This image is amazing. The photographer extends his arm and places a cutout version of a trumpet in front of the lens while photographing.

He repurposes the object in front of him into something different. While he is showing us how he did it. We see both objects separately, but also together, creating a new and third object.

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21. Role Replacement Juxtaposition

Juxtapositions don’t have to come from what is in front of the lens. It’s often about the concept and story of the image.

Here, we see a little girl preparing food by peeling carrots. It suggests that the girl has taken the role of a mother. She is preparing food for the younger sibling seen in the background. We expect to see an adult doing that job. When the girl takes the adult’s place, we read much more into the image.

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22. Straight vs Curved

Lines can be very effective. Here we see a very minimal image of a straight and taut line juxtaposed with the curved line of the water.

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The colors and atmosphere of the image also work as a contrast to each other. The black line sits on a lighter background. Whereas the white from the water exists in a darker area.

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23. Power vs Weakness

I love images with single subjects. They help to give the scene a sense of scale. Without this little boy, we wouldn’t have a clue about how big those steps are, and if they are in fact steps at all.

The boy looks at the first step, where we see many more ahead of him. It is a powerful image of the strong and prominent lines in contrast to the small boy, momentarily too small and weak to climb them. Some day, kiddo.

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24. Vintage vs Modern

We are in love with vintage objects and scenes. If you don’t believe me, look at fashion, art, architecture, music. You name it, we have a retro version of it. It teaches the younger generations what life used to be like through objects, styles, colors and patterns.

Here, we see two boys in modern era clothes look around a vintage room. The furniture and the atmosphere feel very old, and without the two boys, it would be a timeless image.

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25. Past vs Present

This image of Terence Stamp, a renowned stage and film actor, is one of power. We have his modern portrait on the left, while a younger version of him sits on the right.

He is using an old image to both hide and present the other part of his face. We can compare and contrast the differences in the two parts of his face, seeing how life and old age have treated him.

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26. Expected vs Real Size

Here we have another juxtaposition example of expectation. We see the object as a real, life-sized car, not a toy. On closer inspection, we look at the environment and deduce that these are twigs, meaning that the car is in fact, smaller.

The narrow depth of field helps to create this effect.

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27. Stereotypes Juxtapositions

Every culture and group of people in the world use stereotypes. These can be about gender, color, culture and traditions of other groups of people.

Here, the woman on the left has tattoos, which are often frowned upon by older generations and seen as thuggish. However, the woman is elegantly dressed and embracing her grandmother. It can be interesting to evoke these thoughts in your viewers.

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Conclusion

Juxtapositions are everywhere; you just need to find them. Look for them in your environment or when shooting street photography. Capture them and make the viewer look longer at your pictures.

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FAQs

What is an example of juxtaposition in photography? ›

Among basic examples of juxtaposition are the contrast between animate and inanimate, big and small, and black and white. These are widely used in classic photography – the famous work of Pablo Picasso with “bread hands” and the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson are examples of this.

What is a good example of juxtaposition? ›

You can see the light of the stars at night only because of the darkness of space. By putting two separate things or concepts together, you can create contrast. This act is called juxtaposition.

How do you use juxtaposition in photography? ›

For the purposes of a 'juxtaposition in photography' definition, we can say that juxtaposition photography involves combining two or more elements in the same picture, highlighting the interesting contrast between them, to create an eye-catching and thought-provoking image.

What inspires you to take photographs? ›

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  • Take a trip. ...
  • Buy (or rent) new gear. ...
  • Develop a new skill.
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Why is juxtaposition important in photography? ›

In art, as in literature, juxtaposition refers to the side-by-side placement of two or more contrasting things. As with color, shape, and cropping, juxtaposition can become a key component of photographic compositions, helping to tell a story and emphasize differences or similarities between objects or people.

What is visual juxtaposition? ›

Visual juxtaposition is inquiry through contrast, facilitated by side-by-side positioning of two images, or images and text.

What are three types of juxtaposition? ›

Types of Juxtaposition

The most common are foils, antitheses, and oxymorons. These are characters whose personalities, backgrounds, or ideas contrast with one another.

What is an example of juxtaposition in art? ›

Juxtaposition may take the form of shapes, changes in mark-making, contrasting colors, or representations of actual objects. For example, you may see an artist use aggressive mark-making next to an area of very controlled shading, or an area of crisp detail against something handled more softly.

What is juxtaposition of text and images? ›

The definition of juxtaposition is placing two things together to show contrast or similarities. In photography, we use composition, forced perspectives or props to convey the contrasts in the picture. Photographs can also rely on cultural ideas and identities of the viewers.

How do artists use juxtaposition? ›

Putting two or more dissimilar objects next to each other is called juxtaposition. This creates automatic comparisons between the objects by asking how they are different, how are they similar, and what the artist is trying to convey, simply by putting the two together.

How will you make your shots more interesting and meaningful? ›

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  5. Use Leading Lines. ...
  6. Get Away from Auto. ...
  7. Take Your Time. ...
  8. Don't Follow the Crowds.

How do I juxtapose? ›

Juxtaposition means placing two things side by side so as to highlight their differences. Writers use it for rhetorical effect. Writers juxtapose divergent elements frequently: wealth and poverty, beauty and ugliness, or darkness and light.

What are you inspired by most? ›

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  • Happiness. You know that look on someone's face when they are smiling and their eyes are bright and their body language is open and jovial; that full of happiness is inspiring to see.
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Where can I find photography inspiration? ›

Best Websites for Photography Inspiration
  • Instagram.
  • Behance.
  • 500px.
  • 1X.
  • YouPic.
  • Unsplash.
  • Pexels.
  • Exposure.

Why Is photography your passion? ›

It's the vivid illustration of a memory that lasts forever and reminds you of the good old days that sometimes pass before you can even blink. A photo lets us use our imagination and transform our feelings, moods, and ideas into something palpable no matter what passions and professional backgrounds we have.

Is Beauty and the Beast an example of juxtaposition? ›

Juxtaposition can also be brought out by the sharp contrast of characters in a film. While one might portray certain qualities, the opposing character embodies the opposite traits. A great example of character juxtaposition can be found in the 2017 live-action adaption of the popular fairytale, Beauty and the Beast.

How do you make juxtaposition art? ›

In fine visual arts such as drawing and painting, juxtaposition requires the artist to highlight contrasting or opposing elements. This effect aims to draw the viewer into the piece to identify the differences or similarities and how they impact the whole work.

Is juxtaposition a visual element? ›

Simply stated, juxtaposition means placing two or more things side-by-side, often with the intention of comparing or contrasting the elements. It is commonly used in the visual arts to emphasize a concept, form unique compositions, and add intrigue to paintings, drawings, sculptures, or any other type of artwork.

Can emotions be juxtaposed? ›

3) Juxtaposition of emotion - Visual artists will place elements with opposite or contrasting emotion for storytelling effect. For example, placing the emotion of suffering in a scene with laughter and happiness will emphasize the suffering.

What is an example of juxtaposition in film? ›

Jaws: In Spielberg's iconic film, Juxtaposition is used to heighten anticipation and build anxiety for viewers. The movie cuts from scenes of peaceful beachgoers to tense background music and underwater shots, alluding to the presence of a shark.

What is the Golden Triangle in photography? ›

The golden triangle is a composition rule. This rule is somewhat like the rule of thirds. The way the photo is divided is a little different though. Instead of straight lines, a series of diagonal lines that form right-angle triangles act as a composition guide.

Is good and evil juxtaposition? ›

Antithesis refers to the juxtaposition of two complete opposites. This is the most overt form of juxtaposition, because it relies on pairings we're all familiar with. Here are some common examples of antithetical pairings that are often used in literature: Good and evil.

What are 5 examples of metonymy? ›

Here are some examples of metonymy:
  • Crown. (For the power of a king.)
  • The White House. (Referring to the American administration.)
  • Dish. (To refer an entire plate of food.)
  • The Pentagon. (For the Department of Defense and the offices of the U.S. Armed Forces.)
  • Pen. ...
  • Sword - (For military force.)
  • Hollywood. ...
  • Hand.

Why is juxtaposition effective? ›

The literary technique of juxtaposition is the placement of two things side-by-side in order to reveal a contrast. Composers can effectively emphasise things by letting the audience to the work.

What is the meaning of juxtaposition and examples? ›

Simply put, juxtaposition is a literary device that places two things side by side for a contrasting effect. For example, consider how the Yin and Yang symbol has contrasting colors. This creates a visual juxtaposition between the black and white.

What is the opposite of juxtaposition? ›

What is the opposite of juxtaposition?
divergenceantagonism
detachmentdisagreement
disconnectiondisunion
divisiondivorce
separationdisaffiliation
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What is juxtaposition for kids? ›

Juxtaposition is the act of placing two elements, characters, settings, ideas, words, or things side by side, or close together, to allow for comparison and/or contrast.

How do you use juxtaposition in a sentence? ›

I was floored by the juxtaposition of the erudite symposium he had just attended with this disclosure. The juxtaposition of railway station and cathedral represented, like the placement of the paintings and sculpture, the ambivalence of the nineteenth century.

How does juxtaposition create tension? ›

Juxtaposition is defined as “an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.” This placement of opposing content side by side creates tension that builds up to a climax.

Does juxtaposition have to be next to each other? ›

Juxtaposition is an act or instance of placing two elements close together or side by side. This is often done in order to compare/contrast the two, to show similarities or differences, etc.

Is juxtaposition a surreal? ›

In visual arts, juxtaposition entails making the ordinary look extraordinary and represents one of the essential techniques in the Surrealism art movement.

How does juxtaposition create a comedic effect? ›

Juxtaposition — positioning two or more characters, ideas, objects, or places beside each other in order to draw comparisons and contrasts — and for our purposes, a laugh. Regardless of what genre you're writing, juxtaposition is a powerful tool, especially when you want to add a touch of humor.

How would you describe juxtaposition? ›

Definition of juxtaposition

: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect an unusual juxtaposition of colors also : the state of being so placed contrasting shapes placed in juxtaposition to each other.

How do you evoke emotions in photography? ›

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  3. Point Out Scale. ...
  4. Replicate Your Feelings. ...
  5. Add People.

What makes a photo meaningful? ›

Thus, for a photograph to become meaningful, it needs context and story. A picture will most likely only become memorable when you learn what the story is behind the photograph. Lets's have a look at a real life example from our family photo album.

How do you admire a picture? ›

Steps
  1. Say there's something special about her. ...
  2. Compare her to something beautiful. ...
  3. Mention something that reminded you of her. ...
  4. Tell her you've been thinking about her picture all day. ...
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  6. Talk about her eyes. ...
  7. Praise how healthy her skin looks. ...
  8. Focus on her hair.
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Can you start a sentence with juxtapose? ›

Juxtapose sentence example

I could juxtapose all of my favorite foods with foods that I don't like too well for my class project. It is interesting to juxtapose the lifestyle of today's teenage generation with their grandparents' generation.

How do you start a juxtaposition essay? ›

Explain in the opening paragraph what you are going to compare and contrast. Compare your two ideas in the second, third and possibly fourth paragraphs. Each paragraph should be about one idea. For example, if you are comparing an apple and orange, write one paragraph explaining how both items are fruits.

Is contrast and juxtaposition the same thing? ›

Students often get contrast and juxtaposition mixed up. However, they are not the same! Contrast refers to the more general placement of oppositional or different things, whereas, juxtaposition requires a direct side-by-side placement.

What can inspire a person? ›

10 ways to inspire others
  • Build up those around you.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Have integrity.
  • Be empathetic.
  • Maintain a positive outlook.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Stand your ground.
  • Set clear goals and strive to achieve them.
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What inspires you to be creative? ›

According to one 2021 study, gazing at aesthetically pleasing artwork may help spur inspiration. So, it might be worth adding a trip to an art museum to your list of new things to do. Switching routines or doing something you've never done before can also help you with creativity.

What is inspiration example? ›

inspiration noun (IDEAS)

someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something: The golden autumn light provided the inspiration for the painting. He went to church, perhaps seeking divine inspiration.

Where can I get photography for inspiration Reddit? ›

  • Fotoroom.
  • The Red List.
  • IGNANT.
  • Fstop magazine.
  • Frankie magazine.
  • It's Nice That.
  • Lomography.
  • Kottke.

What should I put on my photography website? ›

8 Things to Include on Your Photography Website
  • A Portfolio of Your Best Shots. Most photographers have a website for one reason: to showcase their best work. ...
  • A Clear Theme. ...
  • A Contact Page. ...
  • An About Page. ...
  • A Blog. ...
  • Your Clients' Logos. ...
  • Testimonials. ...
  • Links to Your Social Media Accounts.
25 Jan 2022

How do I create a successful photography website? ›

How to create a photography website
  1. Set clear goals.
  2. Include your best photographs.
  3. Create your layout.
  4. Choose the perfect template.
  5. Add the right pages.
  6. Connect to your social channels.
  7. Improve your photography website's SEO.
  8. Optimize for mobile viewing.
28 Jan 2021

What are you most passionate about in photography? ›

Memorable Moments

It's one of the reasons most people love photographs. They can relive the same moment that made them happy once. However, for photographers, it holds a different meaning. The memory of their captured shot is more than just the scene in the photo.

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What is an example of juxtaposition in art? ›

Juxtaposition may take the form of shapes, changes in mark-making, contrasting colors, or representations of actual objects. For example, you may see an artist use aggressive mark-making next to an area of very controlled shading, or an area of crisp detail against something handled more softly.

Is juxtaposition a visual element? ›

Simply stated, juxtaposition means placing two or more things side-by-side, often with the intention of comparing or contrasting the elements. It is commonly used in the visual arts to emphasize a concept, form unique compositions, and add intrigue to paintings, drawings, sculptures, or any other type of artwork.

Is Beauty and the Beast an example of juxtaposition? ›

Juxtaposition can also be brought out by the sharp contrast of characters in a film. While one might portray certain qualities, the opposing character embodies the opposite traits. A great example of character juxtaposition can be found in the 2017 live-action adaption of the popular fairytale, Beauty and the Beast.

What can juxtaposition show? ›

Juxtaposition means placing two things side by side so as to highlight their differences. Writers use it for rhetorical effect. Writers juxtapose divergent elements frequently: wealth and poverty, beauty and ugliness, or darkness and light.

What are three types of juxtaposition? ›

Types of Juxtaposition

The most common are foils, antitheses, and oxymorons. These are characters whose personalities, backgrounds, or ideas contrast with one another.

What is juxtaposition of text and images? ›

The definition of juxtaposition is placing two things together to show contrast or similarities. In photography, we use composition, forced perspectives or props to convey the contrasts in the picture. Photographs can also rely on cultural ideas and identities of the viewers.

How do you make juxtaposition art? ›

In fine visual arts such as drawing and painting, juxtaposition requires the artist to highlight contrasting or opposing elements. This effect aims to draw the viewer into the piece to identify the differences or similarities and how they impact the whole work.

How do artists use juxtaposition? ›

Putting two or more dissimilar objects next to each other is called juxtaposition. This creates automatic comparisons between the objects by asking how they are different, how are they similar, and what the artist is trying to convey, simply by putting the two together.

Can emotions be juxtaposed? ›

3) Juxtaposition of emotion - Visual artists will place elements with opposite or contrasting emotion for storytelling effect. For example, placing the emotion of suffering in a scene with laughter and happiness will emphasize the suffering.

What is the opposite of juxtaposition? ›

What is the opposite of juxtaposition?
divergenceantagonism
detachmentdisagreement
disconnectiondisunion
divisiondivorce
separationdisaffiliation
7 more rows

What is an example of juxtaposition in a movie? ›

Jaws: In Spielberg's iconic film, Juxtaposition is used to heighten anticipation and build anxiety for viewers. The movie cuts from scenes of peaceful beachgoers to tense background music and underwater shots, alluding to the presence of a shark.

Why is juxtaposition effective? ›

Juxtaposition is an important device in literature as it encourages the reader to make comparisons otherwise ignored or unapparent. It can serve to highlight certain characteristics of subjects, to make different subjects more alike, or to challenge the typical perspective on a subject.

What does juxtaposition mean for kids? ›

Juxtaposition is a literary device where the writer describes two or more scenes, ideas or characters that contrast with each other in quick succession.

How does juxtaposition create tension? ›

Juxtaposition is defined as “an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.” This placement of opposing content side by side creates tension that builds up to a climax.

What is the meaning of juxtaposition and examples? ›

Simply put, juxtaposition is a literary device that places two things side by side for a contrasting effect. For example, consider how the Yin and Yang symbol has contrasting colors. This creates a visual juxtaposition between the black and white.

Is good and evil juxtaposition? ›

Antithesis refers to the juxtaposition of two complete opposites. This is the most overt form of juxtaposition, because it relies on pairings we're all familiar with. Here are some common examples of antithetical pairings that are often used in literature: Good and evil.

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