When I first noticed this scene, I was intrigued. There was something interesting, but I couldn’t quite clarify what I was reacting to. So I composed a few shots based on what I thought I saw. Maybe it was the flowing branches contrasting against rigid brick wall.
A few days later, towards the end of my typical b&w workflow, the composition began to reveal itself. For me, I now understand the beauty experienced from this composition comes from the way it makes me feel. Sure, there may be some cool textures, patterns, shadows and contrasting abstract elements. But these individual elements all seem to combine to create a unique alternative experience, greater than the sum of the parts. Click on the image to see a high-res version from my portfolio site and see if you have a similar reaction. View full screen on a desktop monitor to get the best experience.
Of course, I could just be full of crap. Perhaps I’m too close to the work.
I’m gonna go with what I feel, and then what I see. And I do feel a strong engagement with this composition. Especially when I don’t try to analyze, but instead just “experience” what it has to offer. How does it specifically make me feel? Intrigued, but more than before. What’s more important, is “how does it make you feel?’