Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Is it something or is it nothing?

Something or nothing? This is one of those things. I took this photo in Ireland over 18 months ago and still can't decide if there's anything good about it. At times, there seems to be something interesting with the way those two trees are flanked by the leaning utility pole and the ruins of the old farmhouse. That's what initially attracted me and made me take the photo, in any case. At other times, I'm not so sure. Still, the fact that it's still tugging at me after all this time, probably means something.

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  1. This is definitely something. These old walls & older trees can tell a hundred stories. And looking at this beauty there are a lot of good old fashioned folk songs running round my head, Joe. And that means something. I'm sure.

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

  2. I think you should trust your gut, and in this case I definitely agree, there is something. For me it's the curve of the tree and that strong tension between the leaning pole and the light-colored area on the farmhouse. The angled roofline of the farmhouse adds a sense of perspective and depth to what would otherwise appear flat. The proportions are great and the scale is interesting with the giant tree in the background dwarfing a much smaller replica in the middleground—at a glance, the giant tree seems to be in the foreground. There is a lot to look at and enjoy.


  3. Thank you, guys. Maybe I should send each of you a pile of my old contact sheets to look over. And/or vice versa. Actually, that'd be an interesting exercise—to learn what someone else sees in the stuff you rejected.