Image number seven in my abstract architecture series is To The Point (see THIS post for series intro). This one was a simple design choice for me; I loved the symmetry, texture, shape, pattern, and how everything in the photograph ultimately leads to the tip of the roofline, placed just slightly in from the edge of the frame. I had almost decided to remove the palm tree in Photoshop but I changed my mind because I thought it added a realistic element to the shot. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am careful to make my compositions as perfect as I can but I do still want them to be believeable. I think the tree adds context and keeps the image from being too rigid and static. Just like some medium-large format film shooters (such as Richard Avedon) would leave the characteristic borders left by the film holders on their prints to show that the images had not been cropped, I figured that leaving the tree in there shows that this symmetry was actually carefully captured and not faked in Photoshop. In an increasingly digital age I think this realistic component is increasingly more important in art as it shows the viewer that some things are still worthy of being captured as they are without doctoring them to the point that they are no longer real; that there is still exists beauty to be seen in the world around us.
5D Mk III with 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens. ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/500 sec.
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