Looking in through a restaurant window, Bristol Harbourside; 14 July 2016.
Looking in through this window, I was at once taken with the single, beautiful flower, caught by the light. But, there being all sorts of visual rubbish off to the left, I could not make the flower anywhere near central in the composition, nor get it near to any of the compositional thirds. I could of course have tried portrait (ie vertical) format, but this seemed a waste of all that diffuse, half-seen, “restauranty” detail off to the right – table cloths, more glasses, cutlery, upholstery.
And so to this. Westerners’ eyes often enter images from the left, perhaps because we write from left to right – I’ve often talked about this on this blog in the past. So, in this case, my eyes enter this image from the left and run visually slap bang into the flower and its attendant glassware, sharp and well lit in the summer sunlight – and are for a moment held there.
But as I look at the bloom and its reflective attendants, my eyes keep wandering off to the right, wondering what’s there – only to be dragged back to the flower again.
Do your eyes do the same, or do you see this differently? Is the flower really too far left? What do you think?
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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3200 ISO.