In this months Exploring with a Camera Series, Kat Sloma has selected Exploring Space. She defines this as "a single, continuous visual element in a photograph that fills more than half of the frame but is not the subject."
In this example, my brother and I are standing on the beach in Hilton Head. We are the subject, the beach is the space.
In this example, my niece is placed in the frame with foreground and side space. It is probably not as strong an example because of the busyness of the background but the viewer can certainly breathe.
In this image, the sky provides some of the space. The foreground is busier but by applying the rule of thirds and positioning the focal point on the edge, visual space is provided.
This image is similar in structure to the last. The red tea pot placed on the right side, allows breathing room for the viewer eye.
This image is a clear winner in the Visual Apace category but again the Rule of Thirds has a huge impact on the space.
I had to search through a lot of images to find these examples and found it interesting that all of these are horizontal orientation and none are portrait. More of my images tend toward portrait however. It was also interesting for me to note that most of my photos are more closely cropped either during their taking or in post processing. Perhaps because I like the detail of the subject. I plan to pay attention to these observations as I go out and shoot additional images.I need to turn my camera to horizontal and step back allowing more space into the image. They certainly provide a sense of calm.