|Water Tower #8|
When I told Heather that I like to find urban views from an elevated perspective, because it helps eliminate some of the "visual noise" at street level, she suggested that I take a tour on a double decker bus. Loath as I was to do such a "touristy" thing, I liked her idea, and this photo is one of several I captured that day.
I cropped it into a square shape, took out the colour, and changed the background a bit.
In various workshops over the years, I have learned the "rules" of good composition, which are of course made to be broken. They include:
- Make all four corners of the piece different.
- Avoid having a major line or edge running through the middle of the composition.
- Imagine a grid dividing your work into thirds, horizontally and vertically, and place your focal point at one of the intersections.
- Use a high contrast of dark and light to emphasize the focal point, and/or a contrast of shape, colour or texture.
- Avoid using a shape or line that leads the eye out of the frame of the piece.
- Have one colour predominate.
- Have a variety of small, medium and large shapes. Likewise, where shapes intersect the outer edge of the piece, vary the sizes.
These "rules" make sense to me, because I think the human brain is engaged by variety and asymmetry. I think that this piece succeeds on many of these points, though I'm not quite sure about the predominant colour. And I love this hot palette, though I might be tempted to add a shot of turquoise to these rosy colours in a future piece.