I chose this photo for my second weekly blog post in conjunction with my first post. Both of these images focus on elements of small, rural towns. However, this image shows a different focus. This photo shows a close up of a wooden window that is losing most of its paint. The stripping of paint gives it such a rustic element. I also love the composition of this photo. The window is placed in the center and filling most of the frame. On all sides of the window, the scene shows strips of the house’s siding. This calls more attention to the window in the center.
The way the window is depicted photographed is also very intriguing. Through this one sheet of glass, the viewer can see the curtain, the inside elements of the bedroom, and the outside foliage of fall.The way the curtains are only slightly opened, allows the viewer to be in both spaces. The outside world and the inside room.
This photograph, entitled Driftwood, is beautiful in its subject matter and composition. The scene shows a small town gas station in a love setting. The color of the gas tank in the foreground is reflected in the red star on the top of the building. Those two elements stand out above everything else in this work. However, there are even more areas of red throughout the photograph that ties all the fundamental elements together.
Other than the use of color, I am fascinated by the intricate details of this photo. The immediate foreground is composed of dirt in which you can see tiny, intricate details. This element of the photo makes me feel as though I am physically walking up to the gas station. It allows me to imagine the feeling of thin sand on my flip flops. Overall, this is a beautiful photo with its use of color and detail.
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I took both of these pictures a few weekends ago when I went to my nephew’s baseball tournament. I decided to take my camera along and see if I could capture any cool action shots of the team while they were playing. The weather was acting strange that day, so I had to continually keep adjusting my ISO and white balance in order to account for the sun or shade. The first picture was taken when it was cloudy outside, which offers the sky in the background to be white instead of blue. I liked this element of the photo because it causes the viewer to give all attention to Parker, the baseball player, instead of anything surrounding him. I loved this photo because it captures his intense feeling toward the game. In the second photo, I increased my shutter speed and made it my goal to capture a player sliding into home base. I love the way the dirt flies into the air, but you can still see the particles surrounding it. I also liked the composition of this photo because the viewer can see the white baseline along with the first base coach in the distance.
I first encountered the Sally Mann’s photography while taking an Art History class that focused on the visual culture of the American South. I remember when I first saw her landscape images, I immediately though of landscape scenes I had seen of the Civil War. This still holds true in most of her landscapes scenes when I see them today. When I look at her beautiful images, I first try to think of the life this scene must have once had. I can imagine people in the distance, talking and having fun. I can imagine the green of the trees and the grass. All of these elements make me want to travel to this place, and see what there is to offer for me personally. All of Sally’s images are beautifully composed in a way that makes you analyze all parts of the scene. I love how the branches and moss between trees seem as though they all connect to each other, almost as if they are linked. I also love that these photos are in black in white. This allows the viewer to see the darkness of the scene, but also fill in supplemental details that could be different for each viewer.
In keeping with the theme of ruin and destruction, I chose this image for my second weekly blog post. This image contrasts architectural beauty and destruction of the elements within. At the top of the composition is a beautifully decorated groin vault ceiling. The age of the ceiling can be seen in the fragments of color that are fading. In the lower half of the image are multiple pieces of furniture, such as a piano, chairs, and tables. The piano is turned on its side, so the viewer can see even the intricate details of the piano.
The contrasting ideas of this photo make it tell a beautifully story. The use of finite detail within the image help the viewer feel as though they are in the scene in front of them. The full scene is in sharp detail, showing the elements of the dirt and lines of age on the walls. The whole compilation of fundamental elements in this photo are remarkable.