Snow at the Waterside

by Arnold Wolfgang

snow at the waterside abstract graphic monochromatic water seeking arnold wolfgang

Gallery: Landscapes - monochromatic

Tags: abstract graphic monochromatic snow water seeking critique

Category: Abstract

Exif Information:
Model : NIKON D90
Date Time Original : 2012-01-01 17:34:00
Focal Length : 16/1
Exposure Time : 1/80
F Number : 4.5
Iso Speed Ratings : 200
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 24
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0:
Software : Aperture 3.4.3

Published: Saturday 5th of January 2013 05:25:32 PM


Jack McRitchie
Unexpectedly dramatic. Just enough texture in the snow to pull it off.

Alf Bailey

Hi Wolfgang

I would concur with Jacks astute observations here, the very subtle textures in the snow are just enough to allow a sense of reality.

Very well done!


Best Regards



Richard John Edwards


The simplicity in this image is great, the gradation in the sky compliments the snow very well. I really like this.

Marjolein M.


I recently watched a documentary on Hirushi Sugimoto and your work here reminded me of his in some fashion... Sugimoto's work became even more interesting to me after I better understood his efforts to express 'time' and the transience of life in general... Listening to him talk about it was quite fascinating...

I applaud your thinking outside of the box here with this photo & I feel that your photo needs to be seen rather large for the full sense to be coming through perhaps...

Like Hamid, i too question the slight vignetting on the snowy parts, as it seems to add an artificial mood that is superfluous here, imo.

Ruud Albers

A beautiful and original result, Wolfgang!

With best regards,



Ilia Farniev

Cool shot. Compliments.

Hamid H.

Elegant composition, Wolfgang.  Evocative, meditative (and likely provocative to some though not to me).  I disagree with the suggestion of lowering the horizon to lessen the snow area; I think it will get off kilter and significantly shatter the subtle equilibrium carefully achieved.  Muss es sein?  Es Muss Sein!  That said, and only as a passing thought, I may have been inclined at the end to remove any trace of vignetting in the snow on the bottom edges and may be also on the top edges making it stretch more unfettered at either end into the continuum, as it were.  Best wishes, -h.

Mehmet Akin

original composition..and really very beautiful..I ike it a lot.

Wolfgang Arnold

Mehmet, Jörg, Alf, Richard, Wouter, Marjolein: Many thanks for your comments - glad, you appreciate it. It's indeed not intended for a casual viewer - and, as Marjolein observed, inspired by Hiroshi Sugimoto or almost rather 'copied' from his seascapes, which I find fascinating in their simplicity (so, let's call this a "hommage").

Mark Harris

I like this concept very much. The minimalism makes for a wonderful calm feeling. I wonder if you considered moving the horizon down even further showing less of the snow covered ground?

Wouter Willemse

Enigmatic. As Jack wrote, just enough texture in the snow to make it work. It's a daring photo, I guess many casual viewers might be stumped by its super-simplicity. I love the riddle it poses, though.

Steve Gubin

"...if this reminds you of works of a well known Japanese artist, it's probably not a coincidence."


My exact thought.  Still yours, still well done.  I find it both engaging and soothing somehow.

Wolfgang Arnold

@Mark: many thanks for your comment and suggestion - though I'd rather tend to go with Hamids' suggestion, I like your idea as well because it probably would result in a slightly more abstract image.

@Ilia: many thansk - glad you like it :-)

@Ruud: many thanks for your continuous support!

@Hamid: vielen Dank :-) - very carefully observed - the slight vignette indeed slipped through my attention (its a side effect of strongly increasing the contrast of the very limited tonal range of the original).

@Jack: many thanks - I highly appreciate your comments!

cheers, Wolfgang

Jörg Vetter

Minimalism works here great. BR JV

Wolfgang Arnold
Wintery waterside if this reminds you of works of a well known Japanese artist, it's probably not a coincidence. I saw his works in Michael Fried's "Why Photography Matters as Art as never before" few months before I took this photo.

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