Building Maintenance

On a grand scale…

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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15 Responses to Building Maintenance

  1. Love this. Well seen Andy.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I looked at this image “as is,” and then I gave it a look with the far left, more complex section removed. It’s really quite amazing how much interest that section adds to the photo as a whole. It’s as though it helps to balance the presence of the men — or something. I don’t know much about composition but I know you got it right!

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    • LensScaper says:

      Balance is the right word, Linda. That left third is so different – incongruous perhaps – that at first glance it looks like it doesn’t belong, shouldn’t belong. But if you remove it the image loses balance and the maintenance cradle assumes too large a position in the cropped frame. ‘As is’, the cradle is on the intersection of thirds – a strong position in the frame. That’s one of the so-called rules of composition, although I am not a lover of rules; at heart I’m a maverick and happy to call myself one!

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  3. oneowner says:

    Great shot, Andy. This is the reason I don’t do windows.

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  4. Sue says:

    Well caught, great composition, Andy. I would not want to be in that basket!!

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  5. Chillbrook says:

    Great colours and line in this one Andy.. as for the job these guys are doing.. not for me! 🙂

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. I’ve seen some other maintenance workers simply abseiling down the outside of these tall buildings. Some of them I believe are climbers supplementing their incomes. I can abseil, but not with those huge drops beneath my feet!

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  6. Len says:

    I have a new =nickname for you Andy. Mr. Pattern. You have such a great eye for shots like these.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Ha! I’ll accept that – I’ve had far worse. I was known as Dr Hook for quite some time – but I couldn’t sing quite as well as Dennis Locorierre – heard him on concert as a solo artist about three years ago – great evening for a singalong!

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  7. ehpem says:

    Really like this one Andy. Not only does the shot need the left band, but it needs the workers and their cradle as well, though it would be a more interesting shot without the workers in the same frame, than with the workers and no left side. It is interesting to see a shot like this and try to figure out why it works so well.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ehpem for those thoughts. I shot this without the left panel as well as with it, and the version I have used is exactly as shot with a bit of work to get all the verticals vertical. The inclusion of the left panel defies logic because it is so different from the rest of the image – one would expect it to be a jarring distraction, but it doesn’t seem to be. It just provides a counter-point to the men in the cradle.

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