In the Boat

Having been rather inactive of late, my good absentee friend Lorraine Anderson has finally posted a set of pictures from the last months, including this gem.

In the Boat

Many people may look at this, and wonder where the compositional excellence is. But I dare anyone to look at it and not feel the fresh air; the sense of liberty and looming threat. Therein, the composition.

The elements used are multiple. Firstly, there is processing to emphasise the Chiaroscuro contrast, and the wet texture in the seats; that provides the initial element of mood. The boat’s floorboards then provide the leading lines to ensure that the eye skips back and forward between the two bench seats, anchored on different sides. But those floorboards are dark enough that they manage to fade into the background, largely as negative space.

There is mood here in the subtle details.

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