Friday, June 29, 2007

Narrow Apertures

This is one of those things that catches your eye as you wend your way around the city: spooky passages from yesteryear!

One of the things to remember is that the camera doesn't necessarily see what your naked eye sees. And secondly you can play around with it afterwards to accentuate the effect you had in mind. Here, everything's tall and narrow, so it is a pretty logical step to make the photo itself the same shape. Unless you make a creative decision not to do so...

Another couple of points. The shady drain with the gleaming bits are essential to the photo; not only does it fill in what would be un aesthetically unpleasant empty foreground, but the lines also lead you into the shot in parallel with the kerb with does the same thing. The extremely gloomy (but not empty, if you look carefully) top third is also important to balance the photo and reinforce the tall thin effect. There's a couple in the distance, in case you hadn't noticed(!) and a flag of some sort which also adds interest. The buildings lean into the shot (which I had to rotate slightly because the original was slightly awry) and kind of cocoon the scene if you use your imagination. And so on!
2007 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free

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