In Your Shadow
I knew I needed something new to share so I went looking around the building I work in for something to stand out and sure enough, this tiny plant growing up the side of the brick worked very nicely for a new wallpaper image. Simple, not too distracting but unique and natural enough to be interesting. After exploring a couple angles the one that worked best of course put me in the weirdest position while taking the photos, face crammed into the brick while kneeling down in the dirt. It didn’t take long for the mosquitoes to find me but thankfully I got a few nice shots out of the effort.
One of the first things I learned when exploring composition years and years ago was the art of finding unique vantage points on any given subject. Of course, within reason that is. Some photos suffer because they are clearly just struggling to find some strange unique perspective and thats all there is and it feels forced. You should have a reason behind your composition. Find the flow in the environment, the movement. Its something I learned in a drawing class and in design courses but it applies heavily when I am scouting out the best angle to shoot something. In this case a large part of what made the shot interesting was the shadow being cast so why not include the source of that light and shove the sun right there into the image to blow out part of the composition, give it a warm feeling while also balancing the flow of the organic life versus the man made structure. Maybe thats over analyzing it but its how I came to take these images. All of those thoughts didn’t go through my head but that approach has become an instinct while shooting.