BRISTOL 72 – SCAFFOLDING, NETTING AND THE RULE OF THIRDS
May 11, 2014 25 Comments
The building at the top of Lodge Street is having work down on it, and so is festooned with scaffolding – which has the usual red and white covering, to stop people accidentally walking into it. And because the workmen are directly above this busy street, the whole of the scaffolding structure is cocooned in orange safety netting, to stop any dropped tools and so on falling onto passers by below.
Lodge Street is steep and narrow, one of Bristol’s old streets, and as I panted my way up to the top, bright sunlight was bathing the scaffolding and its netting cocoon. Because it was taller than the structure, the netting had a horizontal tuck or roll to make it the correct length, and I photographed the intersection of this tuck with one of the scaffolding poles.
This picture uses three simple visual devices. First, the pole is a diagonal across the frame, from corner to corner; and second, because we Westerners view images from left to right, the pole starts high on the left and our eyes follow it easily down to the right. Finally, following the Rule of Thirds, the intersection of the pole and the tuck is sited at a visual strongpoint within the composition, approximately at the intersection of the image’s left and upper thirds.
And for those of you new to photography who think that such “rules” are the way forward – don’t use them all the time, or your pictures will all look the same, they will become awfully predictable. Rather, such “rules” are things to keep in mind, things to be aware of, but never to be used slavishly.
Dark railings and a pale strip of pavement are dimly visible through the netting. The pavement here is set up above the road, and the railings prevent pedestrians from damaging passing traffic by falling on it.
There is another and very different image from Lodge Street here.
Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm equivalent); 100 ISO.