Copyright : Copyright 2014 Wolfgang Arnold - CC BY-SA 3.0
Published: Sunday 23rd of February 2014 04:33:59 PM
Ruud, Jeff, Fred,
many thanks for your comments.
@Jeff: Chirico is a spot on reference - though I did not consciously think of his works while "seeing" this, but I like the hard light and deep shadows in his paintings.
@Fred: glad you like so many aspects of my photo. Like Christoph you noticed the small line of shadow at the bottom edge - I consider this also an important element - partly as a "basis" but more as an indicator of an object (a barrier) closing this yard off also towards the side where the viewer is standing (in fact, the shadow is from the top edge of a fence closing the yard towards the street).
Such a bleak capture. It reminds me a little of Chirico's surrealistic courtyard scenes with long, black shadows. You just need some ghostly white or heavily shadowed figure strolling through with a comparable shadow. The round grate or drain contrasts with the angularity of the walls.
Beautiful stark and graphic image. I agree, the manhole cover makes the image and gves some relief from all the straight lines. I also like how the shadow at the bottom frames the image. Excellent work!
I thought of a prison. Since I like the relentlessness, I can take this with or without the circular grill. I like the snip of shadow at the very bottom of the frame! I like the white of the background building, retaining just enough detail but hovering almost as if a spirit. I like the wisp of the clouds. I like the zig zag of the main shadow. I like the control of tones here. I like the way perspective becomes part of the geometry.
It is interesting to note the position of the grid cover, it seems like all the straight edged elements revolve around it, and no matter where I try to re-position it (in my mind) it doesn't seem to fit anywhere other than exactly where it is.
Compliments & Best Regards
Always a treat to see one of your often enigmatic pictures. No matter how contemporary they are there's often something of a whiff of ancient temples and archaic rites about them.
A very nicely composed beautiful result, Wolfgang!
The circles, centered at the bottom, provide so much weight - it would completely change the scene without the ballast they provide. In this sterile environment of straight lines, there is a bit of mystery about the cover and the passageway beneath it. What secrets does it hide?
Mark, Jack, Christoph, Alf,
many thanks for your great comments.
I noticed, I should clarify the caption a bit: in large view you might notice that this cylinder-like thing at the far end has a sign saying "grill" - it's a small barbecue (= 'Grill' in German) sales booth.
Nice shapes and shadows, well captured.
yard of a typical suburban depot... ...deserted on sundays.