On the Diagonal

_DS79370_rotateWhen fellow bloggers make suggestions for how an image might be improved, or could look different, I listen and experiment with their ideas. And this is the case with today’s image.

Frank King of Frank King Photos (do take a look at Frank’s excellent photography – click on the link) made a comment on the original version of this image – click here to view it – and asked if I had ever thought of a version with the camera twisted.

So I rotated the image, and I think it creates a strong alternative which is part abstract and part architectural. Many thanks for the idea, Frank. Hope you like it.



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'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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21 Responses to On the Diagonal

  1. YES! Makes an excellent photo even better! I like how the diagonal lines create, for lack of a better word, some “tension” in the scene. Well done! 🙂

  2. I agree with Frank. This makes for a much more dynamic and captivating composition. Otherwise I really like the way you have processed the photo. It becomes all about graphics and design. Almost looks like a drawing. Very nicely done.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for your comment, Otto. I guess I would say that the original was the ‘documentary’ shot of a portion of this building, and I do take this style of image of buildings that impress me quite often as I love the geometry. The second image is the artistic interpretation that plays with the geometric pattern. It’s an approach that I haven’t often employed before because I have wanted to stay true to the architectural lines, but Frank’s suggestion has undoubtedly produced a more dynamic image, and that’s a train of thought I will follow through with similar images in the archive. This is one of the benefits of the community to which we both belong – floating ideas that prompt further thought.

      • I agree. It’s great to have a community that can comment and bring up new ideas. Just another thought: For me the fact that you tilted the camera (or more correct cropped it like it was a tilted camera) doesn’t make the photo less documentary in my eyes. 🙂

  3. Otto’s right – this version looks very much like a pencil drawing.

    And while I like both images, I think this one is much stronger.

  4. Chillbrook says:

    This stained concrete looks so metallic to me Andy! It’s an interesting crop that’s for sure. I guess when we know this is a building and supposed to be upright, this skewing of horizontals is bound to create the tension that Frank mentioned. I agree, a good word to describe what’s going on I think!

    • LensScaper says:

      Having had a few days to think about this shot since it was posted I’m not entirely sure I like the idea of skewing architectural shots like this but it makes an interesting abstract.

      • Chillbrook says:

        I’m certainly not comfortable with the tension this skewing of architectural shots creates Andy. I’m much happier with seeing bulidings upright as they are supposed to be. It seems an imperative these days to do somthing different, whatever that might be, to give crediblity to your photography. I think this is a shame. We end up seeing ‘wrong’ photographs being celebrated. I saw one recently, a picture of a man standing in front of some railings that were at an awkward angle and the photographer had failed to frame the photograph correctly such that the man’s head was missing. This was an editor’s pic on LensCulture. This is when I begin to despair. Does tradional photography of beautiful crafted landscapes even have a place in modern photography. I would certainly argue they should have but one wonders.

        • LensScaper says:

          Your last but one sentence really gets to the nub of one of the issues we face in a world where photography belongs to the masses as never before and where high quality images are technically easy to acquire. In the USA popular sites for early morning photography are overwhelmed with photographers all seeking to acquire the same iconic image. How do we ‘see’ the world differently from everyone else? Is it impossible to be unique? I do believe classic landscape photography has a place in the modern world but it is increasingly hard to find those images that set us apart. I think it is that desire to be different that prompts us into a little bit of lateral thinking sometimes and leads us try something unusual, wacky even. Sometimes it pays off, but sometimes it just doesn’t.

          • Chillbrook says:

            We do have to give different things a try that’s for sure. I do hope you didn’t think I was implying your image was wrong Andy, or you were wrong for giving it a try. Far from it. I was purely thinking on the lens culture image when I said that. But you’re probably right, an image can sometimes be so wrong it becomes right and just works somehow. Not sure a photo where the suject is missing his/her head fits that category but I’m probably missing something. 🙂

  5. This is great Andy and your mountain photos are wonderful and a very interesting read too. Sorry, for some reason I couldn’t comment on those pages so I thought I’d comment here 🙂

  6. Len says:

    That was a great idea and the results speak for itself.

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