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Horizons

The placing of the horizon line in the sequence 1-3 significantly alters whats “important”.  In this sequence, is it the heavens or the earth?  The divine or the mundane?  Both low and high work in this context:t the drama of the skies (1) emphasises the scale of man compared to the heavens; the expanse of earth (3) evokes mans conquest over his domain. The least satisfying in the sequence is the mid horizon (2), there is almost a tension, its unclear whats important, and this leads the viewer to also be a little uncomfortable with the composition, the uncertainty of the photographer transmits to the viewer.

The weather clearly plays an important role here.  The skies constantly changed from uniform dull and grey, to bright blue with white clouds: squalls of drizzle would pass through the scene, robbing the valley of clarity; then the sun would burst through and bath the landscape and saturate the fields with vivid colours.

The vantage point was almost at the cloud line, this meant that most of the shots that contained mostly sky, were dominated by the grey of the heavy laden clouds.  the saving grace was that in the distance, the cloud would part and make the profane, divine.

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Posted by lostolmos on November 2, 2012

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