Something a little different from my recent posts of Scottish images with colour, this is a New York State image that I’ve rendered black and white. The reason I did this is that staircase, and its geometry. There wasn’t much colour in the scene anyway, but it was distracting and in monochrome the spread of tones helps focus the eye better.
It amuses me that photographers don’t seem comfortable with the rules of composition - as often as not a photographer will quickly say, dismissively, ‘rules are there to be broken’. I guess I’m not as confident as they are, to throw out hundreds of years of western artistic conditioning. So here’s the image, crafted for composition, aiming to please using shapes and tones and a little drama, a leading line, and perhaps a bit of moodiness. If it’s of interest, there’s a golden mean involved too.
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