Friday, May 27, 2016

Horizontals and verticals

Photography brings joy on a number of levels: just being in a particular location, looking around, seeing something new, or seeing something old in a new way, and then processing the photo later, when you discover a few more things.

In this case, wandering around the Palouse in Washington, I liked the look of this building, how old and weathered it was, and I especially liked the ladder.

When processing the shot, I also realized that I had created a wonderful combination of a strong vertical element (the ladder) and a strong set of horizontal lines that lead your eye to the vertical element. And then, as though that weren't enough compositional candy, I liked the repeating pattern of the skinny vertical boards that lead your eye horizontally across the frame.

But there's more. There are two horizontal rows of nails that also lead eastward. And then, behind the ladder, there is a vertical grouping of wider boards, boards that lead your eye both vertically and then horizontally out of the frame.

If you squint, you see this is a very simply composed photograph. If you look closer, there's so much going on, so much for your eye to see, so much to lead your eye left, right, up, down, that I get dizzy just talking about it.

P.S. Good morning, C2, who was there with me when I shot this. Remember?

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1 comment:

Craig said...

We went to so many places and took so many pictures. Plus it has been a long time since. But, the image reminds me of the very tall building in Oakesdale. Lots of windows, sliding wooden doors and no way to see inside.

Very nice presentation as always. C2