windows, shadows, reflections II

by Arnold Wolfgang

windows shadows reflections ii architecture lamp post shadow arnold wolfgang

Gallery: light in the urban ravines

Tags: architecture lamp post shadow windows

Category: Fine Art

Published: Friday 16th of January 2015 07:52:51 PM


Fred G

I'm particularly intrigued by the delicacy of the light (and shadows) and the delicate color palette which seems appropriately to accompany it. It has a warmth and sensitivity. As Jack says, it makes for an interesting series. One thing I do wonder about is whether the geometrical foundation in all of them works more as a constraint or as a functional mechanism of consistency. So I'm really just questioning at this point, with no firm grasp on what the answer will or should be. Part of me would like to see a similar series where the delicacy of shadow and light and color remains as is but where only one is founded on a geometrical composition and the others are a little more free-flowing or, if distinguished, then distinguished on visual grounds other than such staunch geometry. I would certainly understand if you're tied to the geometrical approach both as a matter of gut instinct and conceptual framework and, of course, if that's the case, stick to it. But I wonder whether my suggestion strikes you at all as a viable possibility for reaching beyond that particular framework.

Wolfgang Arnold
Jack, Fred,

many thanks for your comments.

@Fred: the rigid geometry was in a way part of my concept - thought "concept" may be a bit too heavy word - it was partly my reaction to the grid of streets, the right angles we surround ourselves with and partly certainly influenced by the documentary style of many 20th century photographers.

However, you are raising a very valid point. While I think, for this small series it may work ok (in a way as an opposition to the delicate colors and shadows), I should avoid getting "trapped" in the rectangles. Although, I'd fear (well, too heavy word again), that I lose structure and cohesion with a more free flowing approach, it's definitely worth taking the "risk" - so, your comment definitely is an impulse to reach beyond the visual vocabulary I've used here (and in fact may be a bit too often meanwhile...).

Markku Salonen

This one got my attention, sorta triangle theme here as well. Further I like how the dark ground light wall combo is repeated upside down on those windowd. Soft light and color vs well defined window frames adds to the whome. Not to forget the nicely positioned lamp shadow.

Drew Bayless


Jack McRitchie
A whole series based on the geometrics of architectural features in the faint winter light. They work together beautifully as a set.

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