From Circle to Ellipse: Footnotes to a Photographic Essay

  • Angela Grauerholz
Part of the Nexus Network Journal book series (NNJ, volume 12,3)


In linguistics, ellipsis (from the Greek: élleipsis, “omission”) or elliptical construction refers to the omission from a clause of one or more words that would otherwise be required by the remaining elements. Photography encapsulates a wide range of experiential possibilities with the rhetoric of visualization and discursivity. The medium constantly reminds us of the basic geometric principles of perspective: perceived rather than measured, brought into consciousness through basic knowledge without need to name the phenomenon. It is the image that fills the gap, pronouncing elliptically what we feel, see and conclude, while the subject recounts the story.


Urban planning circular photography theorizing limits of language ellipse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Grauerholz
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  1. 1.École de designUniversity of Québec at MontréalMontréalCanada

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