Another excellent piece of compositional work, now, from my friend Aftab Uzzaman (aftab.), who as so often combines excellent imagery with deep but accessible philosophy.


We are all used to the classic layered photo, of receding mountains in progressive silhouette; this image takes that concept to a smaller scale, and adds a twist to it. The layering here is not mountainous, but hills and a foreground of trees. The twist is the additional layer in the form of the chaos of sprinklers, changing the paradigm of progressively darker layers to the presence of a bright, almost white one.

Also making the image powerful is the vertical split (which has the advantage of little needed leniency because of the variance of the lines across the width). The top of the hills are on the upper primary golden ratio, while the baseline of the trees, where the foreground ends (though the water passes across it) is perfectly on the lower secondary golden ratio line. The tops of the trees then complete the obvious set by just touching the lower primary golden ratio.

I could go even further with the baseline of the sprinklers being only a fraction of a tertiary GR line, and their reach being just shy of a fourth-level golden ratio. But maybe that would be too pedantic? (Though it does explain why the whole scene feels so naturally balanced.

The addition of dynamic contrast in the sky creates a strong contrast between upper and lower parts of the image; force against serenity. Both are aquatic, both vital, yet perceived so differently.

Another fabulous piece of work.

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