Contrasting proportions of visual elements make things interesting, especially when there is one clearly dominant amount and at least one clearly subordinate…
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Subordination can populate any composition when contrasted to the visual weight of one dominating element. For example, this image's color palette is dominantly red due to the apparel and lip color; subordinate white background; subordinate hue of skin tone, subordinate gold necklace (yet strong enough to act as an "accent"), and subordinate dark brown hair. Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon.
This composition is dominantly vertical in its direction and subordinately horizontal. The color palette is dominantly red/pink, subordinately gray, yet the arrangement of forms exudes a large interest in the creation of balance, culminating in the polka-dot focal point in the upper center. Robert Rauschenberg (2006).