All the elements came together here, I hope!
All the elements came together here, I hope!
During the cab ride to my hotel in Fort Worth recently we passed a building that to me looked very interesting as a photographic subject. A few day later I walked four miles to find the building, but when I got there it wasn’t what I had expected, but found this instead just around the corner.
Need I say more? Could I say more?
The simplest of façade designs.
Sometimes the best image is the first one you take. At the time I was not happy with the lighting as this wall was in shade. However, when I returned later in the day, there was too much glare from the glass, and the shadows in the windows were too distracting.
If had been paying more attention at the time, I would have made a mental note of what the orange thing was in that window. As it was, and as it usually is, I was paying more attention to composition and to finding the right spot to take the photo. Now I am curious and must go back when I am next in that city!
This was the first attempt at capturing this image, and really liked it. However, the wall was in shade, so I decided I needed to go back when the light would be casting a shadow. The time I calculated to be best was 7.30am, so the next day I crawled out of my bed and trekked the 2 miles to the scene. My calculations were correct, as light was casting a shadow, but the shadow was uneven and very displeasing to look at, so I stuck with my first image. More of this type of image can be found here
Well, certainly in minimal photography it is anyway. This wall was otherwise a random mix of shapes, colours and textures, but some close cropping brings the composition, for me, to life.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am normally trying to avoid streetlights. Sometimes, however they do contribute very well to the composition, and no more so than in this image.
I tried various crops of this photo, including with and without the ‘circle’ in the bottom left corner. Normally I would have cropped it out, but somehow the remaining image didn’t seem as balanced as when I left it in.
I often feature shadows in my images. Maybe my fascination with deep shadows is because they are a rarity here in the UK. Thankfully I get to travel to countries where the sun is not such a mysterious object in the sky.
I understand why architects and designers add features such as this to facades for aesthetic reasons, branding and so on. What I don’t understand is why, as in this case, they do it to rear walls!
What more can I say?
I often wonder why architects create such great looking facades. I can understand when it is on public view in a city centre, or from a main road in an industrial area or retail park. This, however, was the facade to a large bakery which could only be seen from the delivery area. Go figure!
Blocks of paint on brick walls, and walls in general seem to be quite a common site in the USA. I have never had a definitive answer on why they are there. My assumption is that it is covering up graffiti, but so far my enquiries have hit a brick wall. If anyone reading my blog has any idea, please could you comment?
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