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And so ends my Photoville day trip that began with my Sunday, September 17 post.
The photo certainly works this way, but I wonder if you could talk about why you rotated it.
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Good question Linda, but you partly answered it in the asking — because, like you, I think it works. To me, it adds some strangeness to the image and gives the elements a life of their own apart from being mundane elements in the crosswalk. In that sense I see it as an abstract composition of floating shapes. When not rotated, it’s a fairly straightforward image of a street corner — which, btw, I was pretty happy with until I played with its rotation.
The question that arises for me is why it’s obvious the original image was rotated. How different would it look if it was shot from this particular perspective?
Thanks so much for opening a conversation.
I’m glad to hear that you were also happy with the unrotated version. I liked it unrotated, too, and didn’t want to find out that my liking it was due to ignorance. But I get what you say about giving the elements a life of their own—a good reason to rotate the image. I take a lot of photographs looking straight down at the ground (or riverbed or water surface), and I have noticed that I can almost never rotate one of those photographs. Even a tiny bit of perspective throws off the image, and not in a good way. Human eyes or psyches must be very sensitive to this sort of thing—maybe survival value is at work here.
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I know what you’re referring to Linda. One of these days, I’ll go back to that corner — it’s only about three blocks away — and see what happens when I try shooting from the rotated perspective.
You leave us with an excellent image. Alan. What a great (and productive) trip!
Thanks Ken. Always great to experience an environment that’s completely different from what I’m used to.
You were inspired, and it shows. I noticed the paint from the white line – you can see it on the grate – there’s more to do on this corner! ;-)
Thanks Lynn. We’ll see about this corner. So many to choose from :)
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