One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes

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For these one-shot images, I was drawn more to the shapes within a scene than the subject itself though, of course, they are inextricably intertwined. Under some circumstances, as I will show in a future post, light is the added ingredient that can showcase forms to the point of abstraction especially when the scene is deconstructed to black and white.

In the photograph taken at a Japanese stroll garden, the curves of the stones outline a serpentine path for the water. Like the curves in a cathedral, the shapes suggest a serenity in keeping with the calm of the garden and nearby tea house.

© 2019 Xiomaro.com

The curves as well as the fuzzy green moss imbue the hard cold stones with softness and warmth. And they provide an interesting counterpoint to the angular geometry of the tea house.

When shapes are taken into consideration, it can add interest in a subject by placing it within a compositional framework.

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Published by Xiomáro

Nationally exhibited artist, photographer, speaker, teacher, and curator. Author of "Weir Farm National Historic Site" (Arcadia Publishing). www.xiomaro.com.

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