Power of Seeing a Scene Through a “Frame”


A matter of perspective, a limiting view, designing how you want a scene to unfold before the viewer. Designers are those responsible for how you see beauty in the world, use the things you use and how you function and circulate in your small world. And by designers, I mean all those that design with informed intent.


I so remember being told a while back by a snarky blogger that we are ALL artists and designers. I suppose in some metaphysical way the person saying that would be right. We all design our own path in life, design our lifestyle, good or bad. We just all don’t do the art of design so well or so beautifully. Some things designed or created – even by professionals – should never see the light of day I am the first to admit. Everything is NOT art, and everyone is not an artist.


Designers on the other hand, look at all that is around them, being sympathetic to and gesturing their surroundings, working with existing character and fabric. They create beauty to be seen and appreciated over and through time. Craft is important to them.


Getting back to framing a scene, this is an intentional design technique usually in the bag of tricks to designers. How the scene beyond is viewed is just as carefully designed as is the structure presenting the view. Views through a structure are often designed from where the viewer sits or stands to view them.

That may seem backwards to some, but to a good designer, it is very important.

Views created by designers will start from inside the residence – crafted views to be seen how the designer intends. Many exciting garden vignettes are seen through specially designed or positioned windows, some garden scenes are reflected by indoor or veranda mirrors, and some outdoor scenes compliment the art perfectly by not competing.

Designers will view a blank landscape from inside a newly completed building, along with assessing the outdoor surroundings. The visual connection brings the outdoors in and even the indoors out. Design decisions compliment both.

Ruins-7Photographers frame a scene too, limiting that which the observer will see. It forms a point of view or creates a story built right into the image. Above, the inside and outside share nature, which tells you the view is seen from inside a ruin. If potted plants were inside looking out, the story would likely be different.

Trees Frame View

Trees Frame View


Next time you are visiting a designed garden, take note of all the framed views you find and try to see why and how the designer framed a view for you. Even nature frames views on occasion, like above. That rock to the left mimics the opening to the cave in the scene above.


Above, can you picture a bride in that beautiful garden? Sometimes, the frame is a repeating frame within itself below. Again, another nice spot for a bride to stroll…


Much can be learned from how a designer or architect frames a view. If you start seeing how this happens, you just might try it yourself.

I wrote this post a month before I went on my trip, but never posted it. I hope you could learn a few things about design and how designers go about their work. Next post, my Christmas trees are up for you to see, but has the season been tarnished by terror threats and warnings hanging over it? It is our job to make sure Christmas goes on in the true spirit of the season.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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