Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Post 452

Mildred, Pennsylvania

4 comments:

Edd Fuller said...

Overhead power lines are everywhere and I have gotten to where I largely ignore them. But I like the way the yellow line in the road and overhead wire converge to the right. Do you consciously see things like this when you shoot?

Carl said...

Edd,

Actually I love powerlines and lane stripes on roads--in this case the black tar filling cracks in the pavement too--because they can draw the eye around the picture in a somewhat structured way. It fits my strong sense that photographs should not have a "center of interest" or a defined "subject" and "background" but should instead work "all over" (to borrow from Jackson Pollack). Every square inch of the picture should be essential to the success of the picture.

Edd Fuller said...

Thanks for the instructive comment. I do try to see "every square inch" in the frame as I shoot, but I still get surprised sometimes at what ends up in the picture.

Carl said...

Edd, sure, that level of awareness is a goal, not something you achieve all the time.