Street Photography: Shapes and Shadows

© 2019

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.

© 2019

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Published by Xiomáro

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

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