“Viewpoints” or “Waiting for Glenn”

 “Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.”                   – Jules de Gaultier


“By studying, understanding and practicing the principles of visual design, including light, form, shape, line, texture and perspective, and by having an open mind to explore new frontiers, we can greatly enhance our pleasure of discovering the world around us, and perhaps  –  discover ourselves”                                                –  William P. McElligot

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Once a month I’m in the city for a day or two and exposed to strange things like traffic lights, big box stores, busses and … parking lots. Waiting for Glenn on one of them was pretty boring. Then I noticed the gull sitting high up on one of the street lights and got the camera out to kill some time. As soon as I looked through the viewfinder – putting a frame around things – everything changed and I got “inspired” (for lack of a better word – new ideas don’t come from ‘above’ – they come from YOUR Brain). The arms of the lights became lines, changing direction and proportion with varying viewing angles, dividing up the empty space of sky. The lights at the end of the arms become weights, not because of their shape, but because of their position, visual / compositional weights … and counter weights, e.g. to a larger, opposing arm. Creating balance … asymmetrical balance mostly … by how you divide up the space, but often also through qualities like large/small – dark/bright – etc. It turned out, unexpectedly, into a nice exercise in positive/negative space and composition – remembering all the definitions of the elements of visual design I wrote into a little book … way back. The overcast day was just right for this and almost created B&W’s here. And there is the gull of course… she adds an extra weight and extra asymmetry, a bit of special attraction or focal point. And she is a living being besides all steel and sky, returning my interest. Of course, for her I’m the attraction and she watches me carefully. This went on for a while, until she had enough of this B.S. and took off … and so did I …. oh, wait a minute … Glenn …?!

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