Street Photography: Shapes and Shadows

© 2019 Xiomaro.com

These shapes are certainly not soft and languorous as in yesterday’s photograph in the Japanese stroll garden. But, to me, their angularity, hard edges, and high contrast convey what I feel when I am walking in New York City.

That pure white triangular shape juts forward like a weapon with an implied speed. There are other things going on that I will leave to your imagination.

The abstraction of the forms was apparent as soon as I exited the lobby of this building and entered the street. Even in the reality of color, the abstraction was present. It was like a light show. Few, if anyone, noticed because they were self-absorbed or maybe just took it as another typical end-of-the-day scene.

As good as it looked in color, I have learned how to see in black and white. So I was confident that the shapes would look starker and that the composition would pack even more punch if I converted the photograph to black and white.

Over the course of two days, I made over a half dozen images in the general area by exploiting the element of light during this same time of day – less than a week after the summer solstice.

Here is another shot taken the following day that features a dramatic encore appearance of the triangle shooting across the sidewalk like a bolt of white lightning.

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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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