The memorial

It’s not all that surprising that the first image picked for a critique since I returned to this blog is from my friend Aftab Uzzaman (aftab.), who consistently offers up exceptional work.

The memorial

Perhaps the most obvious compositional aspect to this image is the use of the chaos of foreground branches, and the occasional flares of autumnal foliage, to frame to monument, which acts as subject. The wrap-around creates a tunnel effect, leading us without question into the depth of the image.

The framing creates a strong sense of balance, in its being off-centre, and with the monument itself sitting (albeit not quite perfectly) on the intersection of golden ratios, one at the line of the horizon (a little higher than the waterline) and the other through the right edge of the dome.

The counterpoint of the setting sun through the branches – creating a melange of silhouette and ethereal back-lighting – provides a distraction from the primary focus, which combined with the directional texture of the framing sends the eye circling around the whole of the scene.

A compellingly peaceful scene, demanding contemplation.

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