Supercut of One-Point Perspective Shots from Stanley Kubrick Films

A one-point perspective photograph is one in which there exists only a single vanishing point. Parallel lines in the scene all converge on that single point, leading away from the viewer. It can be used for interesting compositions, especially if that vanishing point is placed at the intersection points of the rule of thirds.

Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has a habit of using one-point perspective for dramatic effect, often with the vanishing point in the dead center of the frame, disorienting the viewer and creating tension for his scenes. Film enthusiast kogonada recently took a bunch of Kubrick films, collected the shots showing this technique, and created the interesting supercut seen above.

You can find other example photos using one-point perspective over on Flickr. Here’s an example found on Wikipedia showing both techniques being used:

There’s also a really interesting discussion on the types of perspective. Did you know that there’s such thing as “zero point perspective”? It’s simply a photo that doesn’t contain any vanishing points. For example, some landscape photos of mountain ranges are considered to be zero point perspective.

(via Coudal)

Image credit: Photograph by John R. Daily

  • Hynee

    You’ve got at stray “Examples” at the end of the first paragraph.

  • Christopher King

    Photos would have sufficed rather this ridiculous video with the obvious background music choice of Lux Aeterna.

  • Ricoy

    I agree. There’s another “lux aeterna”, the piece of Ligeti that sounds on “2001” it could been a better choice. Or even the silence :)

  • David Burns

    Eeesh, tough crowd.

  • Christopher King

    Lol I am generally bitter about everything… But the video is really bad and could have 30 seconds long…And while Requiem for a Tower is a nice piece, it just doesn’t fit. But everyone wants to make something “epic” these days, ranging from their last meal to their last dump. *sigh*.

  • Peteski

    What? You say there’s no music in space?

  • Eziz

    too bad your opinions don’t count — the world would be a nicer place if they did!

  • Kamo

    As a photo and film nut, I’d love to see more cinematography/photography articles like this.

  • Jeremy Sale

    So tired of this music.