Case Study - Shape
At first glance, this is an uneventful street scene, everyday life in Marrakech. But let me show you what else I saw. There are the obvious shapes, the elongated rectangles of the tower on walls, the smaller rectangles of the windows. The arch is seen in the doorways and on the tower itself. There are the explicit vertical lines formed by the trees, and the lamppost on horizontal line have seen in the top edges of the walls and the pavement edge in the near foreground. There's color the red banner against the blue sky, the red and white stripes in the curb, on the pinky orange of the building itself. And there's pattern in the mosaic work at the top of the tower on this texture, rough texture in the brickwork of the tower and smoother texture on the wall. Every one of the elements I've described is an image in and of itself. I chose to focus on the element of shape. I spent some time walking around the whole structure, exploring all the possibilities on where the main wall ends. Here I...
found what I was looking for. This image is about shape. There are two bowl triangles, one created by the framing, the other created by the shadow. The top part of the picture is split by two symmetrical polygons, which give the image balance yet contrast with the dynamism of the two triangles. To create visual tension. There's an arrow pointing to the intersection. The complementary colors are engine blew flat in the image to make it more abstract. Now, to show you what I mean. If I make the image monochrome, it becomes more three dimensional. Firstly, with a blue filter setting, we get separation between the vertical wall in the sky. Compare this with the color version, and you can clearly see the difference. Change it again. This time, processing the image using a red filter setting on the separation between triangle and sky now appears as a crack in the wall. The same scene free. Completely different stories, all based solely around the subject of shape