Monday, July 10, 2006

A study in contrasts

What it is: The corner of a deck at my parents’ house, flanked by hostas.

Why I took it:
The contrasts. The color of the stained wood against the leaves. The organic shapes of the foliage against the hard lines of the hewn wood. The v-shaped, symmetric composition. Of course, all of that came after some analysis of the final image. I mainly took it because it looked cool at the time.

Thinking about the textures and contrasts in this scene, I have to remember that one person - my dad - developed this portion of his garden over the course of several years. Whether he was purposely aware of the contrasts he was creating, I don't know. But all I had to do was show up and capture it.

Captured with a 35mm lens, 1/30 at f5.6, ISO 100 film. Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


Jem said...

I would never have thought you could make decking and some green leafy plants look so appealing! Great shot James! :)

James said...

Thanks, jem! That's one of the things I like about photography - the ability to take the ordinary and make it fresh and extraordinary.