John Suler's Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche


Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche

Index of Articles

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Below is a list of all the pages and articles that appear in this online book Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche.

INTRODUCTION to Photographic Psychology

About John Suler

PART 1 : Sensation and Perception
The line
The diagonal line
Psychological lines
Eye to eye
On being sharp
A fresh eye and the Mañana Principle
Visualizing and verbalizing
Mindfulness in photography
Facial asymmetry and "character"
Insights from the Rorschach inkblots
The psychological impact of image streams
Photos remembered and forgotten

PART 2 : The Psychology of Composition
The big picture of composition
Symbolism: What does it mean?
Selective color
The rule of thirds
Cropping and the frame
Abstract photographs
Negative space
Circular compositions
Movement in photographs
Body language in photography
Camera angles
Geometric and organic patterns
Dyad Shots (Two-Shots)

PART 3: Creative Captures and Post-Processing
Breaking rules
Image shaping (post-processing)
Serendipity (the happy accident)
Shooting clones
Categorizing images
Instant image?
Artistic voice
The good capture
Head transplants
Let it grow: Turning errors into seeds
The Golden (Magic) Hour
The varieties of self-portrait experiences
The one that got away
Get the shot right
To delete or not to delete
One spot shots
Museum shoots
Drive-by photography
The decisive moment
Surreal photography
Image Brainstorming

PART 4: Sharing Images, In-Person and Online
Commenting on photos
Online photo-sharing communities
Finding an online niche
Creating titles for images
Image sequence
Good and bad shots
Favorite photos
Image therapeutics
Image descriptions
Johari's window
Avatars and icons
Technical and artistic photographers
Conceptual photography
The talent/popularity square dance
Interpreting people pictures
Visual riffs
Reactions to Photos: The essential questions

PART 5: Portraying Human Psychology
Inside the psyche
The collective unconscious
The id
Sturm und drang
Childhood trauma
Group conflict
Reaction formation
Self actualization
The unconscious
The house as self
Face recognition
Gay probabilities
A second life in virtual reality
The mind as associations
Integrity vs Despair
Perceived privacy



Many of the ideas in these articles come from research based on Suler's Qualititave Research Methodology for Photographic Psychology (QRM-PP)


Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche