Introducing a new type of post. Here is a photograph, with my explanations about it. Please tell me what you think. What you like, don’t like, would change …
The selected photograph doesn’t have to be a particularly great one. It only needs to be intentional, so comments can establish whether the original intention shows through. Here goes.
This is a car park in Nice airport. This bright coloured car obviously cought my eye and I grabbed my phone on my way to my own, parked a bit further out. Not a Bentley, I’m sad to report 😉
I grabbed a few snaps that included the very interesting architecture of the terminal and overhead roads, then moved on to another position where the car’s number plate wouldn’t appear, so I could publish the photos without spending the rest of my life in a high-security prison with serial rapists and mass murderers.
This scene appeared. The beauty of the architecture, which complements the curves and design of the car in other photos was absent here, but this actually felt better. To me the brutalist grey pillars contrast with the curveous and colourful Bentley. Utilitarianism meets hedonistic luxury.
Ideally, I would have prefered to have no other car on the left, to oppose the Bentley to the more mundane vehicles to the right, and should have taken a lower stance, but this was a rushed shot, and the red car intrudes a bit. It’s no biggie, though, and might actually be better.
What I did notice is the blue spot on the pillar. In the final square framing, much later, I chose to leave it whole, to create a chromatic opposition with the car and show the photo to be as much about opposition as about the stunning car itself. Less of a photo about beauty and design and more of a photo about photography.
This, above, was my first instinctual shot. The square photo at the top is my end-result.
What do you think? Which do you feel is the better photograph? Why? What would you have done differently? Please chip in. Do let me know 🙂
Also, if there are any other photographs you would like to see discussed, yours, mine from other posts, or someone else’s online, share those and we can repeat this exercise on many other examples 🙂
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