The ninth image I have stored up for this abstract architecture series (see THIS post for the series introduction) is called Tiki. This is the last image of the series I have in my current portfolio but I’ve enjoyed it too much to call it done. I’m sure I’ll continue to create more images of this style in the future.
This one is from the same building as my Owl image. I almost didn’t post both of them because they shared recognizably similar characteristics but I really do like them both for different reasons. I approached each image with a different vision and I think each composition stands on it’s own.
In this I saw a set of eyes at 3/4 view that reminded me of a giant tiki statue with the characteristic thick brow. This particular image also stands out to me among the others in the series because it’s one of the few that is not symmetrical. Both symmetry and asymmetry have their place in design and each can be used very effectively to achieve visual balance. One of the first compositional decisions I usually make or experiment with when designing a photograph is whether I want the rigid, classical appearance of symmetry or the spontaneity and tension that asymmetry can create. While studying this building I asked myself- as I always do- whether symmetry or asymmetry worked best. The answer in this case was, “yes.” They both work and I’m glad I took two unique approaches.
5D Mk III with 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens. ISO 100, f/11, 1/100 sec.
© 2013 Johnny Kerr Photography