A first for this blog, Pavel Muller manages to post two images that are compositionally strong enough to get them mentioned back to back.

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While quite easily identifiable, this image also manages to be very much an abstract: the simplicity of the (natural) black and white portions, and the intrinsic texture mean that we are automatically captured by the interplays of contrast. On its own, that would be intriguing, but not a masterpiece of composition. However, the addition of the dominant diagonal – black above, white below; neither absolute – and the great distance visible, such that the texture of the surface follows (rather than crosses) the top and left edges, mean that there is a strong sense of direction up and through the scene.

The crowning touch, though, would have to be the foreground tire track that plays across the grain: a sense of scale that merges into the overall direction through the scene.

Harsh, cold, and compelling.

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