Photo Quest April 2021: Negative Space

It’s April 2021 and we continue to challenge our members to get out and make a photo for our monthly photo quest. Here’s the next theme:

Negative Space

What is it? Wikipedia has this, for example:

“Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the ‘real’ subject of an image.” (emphasis added by me)

As usual, we don’t want to influence your creativity in any way so there is no example photo here but for this theme, we do invite you to thoroughly research negative space before you think about how you successfully use it in a photograph. There is no “correct” way to use it of course, but images that use negative space effectively as a strong compositional tool will usually end up to be more on the minimalist and/or abstract side of things.


  • Make a new photo for the quest – no digging in the archives!
  • Your photo MUST be made between now and April 30th, 2021
  • This is a members only activity (a link to submit your photo will be in your email inbox)
  • Only one submission per member, please.
  • PLEASE give your submission a descriptive filename and/or add add title & caption via IPTC fields
    (put your name & title of your image into the IPTC caption!)
  • Color, black & white, DSLR, mirrorless, phone… doesn’t matter, but please…
  • no digital art/compositing

We expect technically solid photography without obvious flaws (take care of accurate focus & sharpness, proper exposure, balanced composition, keep your work free from digital processing artifacts like halos, sensor dust, etc.).

Have fun, but also take pride in your work!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask — simply leave a comment below.

The monthly photo quest is a members-only activity. If you want to take part, you must be a 2021 member:

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