Small things

Once more, we have an offering from Aftab Uzzaman (aftab.)

Small things

When it comes to composition, it is the small things that matter. So it is no surprise that this appropriately titled image demonstrates excellent composition. As is so often the case with Aftab’s work, it is the simplicity of the image that really makes it work. In this case, the stark Chiaroscuro contrast, presented as a globe-like arc with windows into another reality perched atop it, draws the eye to the interface line, where all the interest is.

The image inversion does not work against it; if anything, the unreal upwards pull on the water droplets creates a sense of mystique. That the main object’s shape does not give away what it is – that it almost feels never quite in focus – leaves us with only the droplets to pay attention to.

And it is through the water that we see another reality, another world. The conceptual recursion of having windows visible through these tiny aquatic viewing areas (i.e. windows) is a touch of philosophical composition on top of the visual.

Deeply compelling.

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