The second week challenge was “find a line.” The purpose was to compose a simple photograph that emphasized a line as one of seven elements of artistic composition: line, shape, form, space, color, value, texture. When you begin looking, lines are everywhere. Obviously the human altered environment has lots of lines. The natural world has lots of lines too.
This is a broad brass line set into the terrazzo floor of the Atrium of the IDEA Center. The meridian line marks solar noon, and on clear days, a gnomon hole projects a spot of sunlight onto the floor, which is centered on the meridian line at solar noon. The photograph is a simple composition that highlights the line as the primary element. It was also intentional on my part to have the line angled upward from left to right, and to capture the image at solar noon. These elements of the photograph have symbolism.
The challenge for week 3 was “windows.” The lesson was less about photography and more about editing images in Adobe Lightroom. We did some simple edits that enhanced brightness, contrast, color, and image quality. People in the photo class construed what kind of image they wanted to use pretty broadly. Some were obviously focused on a window as the subject of the photo – that is what I did. Others took photos through windows, or took photos of structures that had windows. I thought about finding a skull and taking a photo of the “oval window” (fenestra vestibuli) but that was going to be too much trouble.
Here is my window:
This was a back window of an abandoned gas station in Sherman, Texas. I like this image because in spite of the focus on the main window, there are two other windows visible through the first one. Plus the red frame really pops.