Shadow Border

Patterned shadow on pavement.

Those of you who’ve been following along with me know that there are certain thematic subjects that recur. Shadows on pavement is definitely one of them (for example). In this case, I loved the way that man-made decoration and organic plant life combined to create an appealing whole.

My approach to photography is primarily editorial and curatorial.* I see taking a photograph as a matter of selecting and framing: choosing what to capture and then striving to include as much as but no more than is needed to convey the composition’s intent in an effective fashion. The world is, after all, infinitely various and interesting, but one must select what to focus on and retain.

Shadows on pavement.

It is with that selectivity in mind that I share with you this second image of the same subject. In fact, this frame was shot before the other. I saw that almost narrative curve of low fencing and shadows and was immediately enchanted. I took half-a-dozen different pictures, from different spots and at different angles.

In the end, I decided that the image with less context was more compelling, but it was a close call. Would you have chosen differently?

*I’m well aware that there other perfectly valid and aesthetically interesting approaches to photography as an art. They’re just not for me.


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