Odd Crops

Motel and utility wires cutting the sky.

Motel and utility wires cutting the sky. Seattle, Washington

Several years ago I came across an artist that caught my attention and since then he’s had an impact on several of my photographs. Instead of an obvious subject in each frame it was the lack of a subject that caught my attention. His work was often composed in such a way that the majority of frame was filled with emptiness.  Most of the time this emptiness was the sky with only a small portion of the subject peeking in from the edge of the frame.  This seemed like a slightly different approach to photography 101’s rule of composition: the rule of thirds. There is good reason for the rule of thirds and in general it is a pleasing ratio for the eye, but I don’t alway like pleasing things.

The top of a ferris wheel not too far from home.

The top of a ferris wheel not too far from home. Taipei, Taiwan

The artists photos were striking and confused my eye, but that’s exactly what drew me into the photo.  I immediately liked what I saw and attempted to ‘see’ my photographs from a different perspective. Now, several years later I’m still trying to track him down.  I would love to give credit for the inspiration, and will, as soon as I find him.  Until then, thank you for the inspiration.

Stormy skies moving in. Taipei, Taiwan

Stormy skies moving in. Taipei, Taiwan

Seattle's Space Needle peeking up from the bottom of the frame.

Seattle’s Space Needle peeking up from the bottom of the frame. Seattle, Washington

The top of the Pantheon on an overcast night before the renovations started.

The top of the Pantheon on an overcast night before the renovations started. Paris, France

Rich blue skies over Las Vegas.

Rich blue skies over Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada

A side of the Arc de Triomphe. Paris, France

A side of the Arc de Triomphe. Paris, France

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