LindaShorey wrote:Steve, I am fascinated by your suggestion that removing the light pole changes the story so much that it suggests a strong emotional response (Fine Art). For you personally, what do you see and feel with the light cropped out? I could guess a couple of things, but would much prefer to hear your own side of the story first. Thank you! (and your lone telephone pole at dawn is super-cool btw)
I can't explain why but something about your first image reminds me of an early morning on the Alaskan tundra. Stranger still since I've never been there, but I can't shake the feeling and in some ways I like the lonely street light still lit in the early morning light, but in others I want it gone, it's an annoyance and in the way. I'm sure none of this make sense and the men with the nice white jacket will come to visit me soon, but that's for me and my therapist to discuss.
For the unbroken I'll put it this way, when I look at the scene I see four houses and a beautiful dawn, then I see the supporting actor standing all alone. My eye wanders from the houses to the light pole, to the houses and back again, so I wondered what it would look like without it, and that led me to wonder what impact it would have on the story. If I were to break it down I might say the first was a well-taken snapshot where the removal of the pole turned it into something more. I can't claim credit for the art as the image is not mine, but I submit that the removal of the object changes the image from something to look at to something to ponder. It's the simplicity I think.
Something about that light bothered me enough to look at it again, and again I wondered what isolating it would look like, and what it would do to the image. I very much like this one, The Little Pole Defiant Against The Coming Dawn, and wonder if that's what I was looking for in the first place, or both? I really don't know but the question of looking for meaning inside meaning drives me now and makes me wonder how many images need a second look and are waiting to be art. S-