When I first did the edit of this photograph I thought it wasn't as great as the vision I had when I exposed the image. That happens often. You think an image will edit into something really good, and then it doesn't. No big deal.
But then I went back to it later in the day and I am like, wow, I think this is fantastic! Maybe I had to let go of the initial notions I had about the photograph.
I find this will sometimes happen with images. When I edit them, I am ambivalent. Then later I will think "what a nice image." It makes sense to hold on to a broader edit of a day's images for that reason.
I am on a bit of a color kick lately. I seem to be making images that don't do as well when you drain the color. One of the important parts of this photograph to me is the fence and the series of horizontal boards. When I tried the image in black and white, that part became much less insistant.
I don't know why I feel compelled to say a little something about this one, but I do. Why this picture?
Because it is a wonderful abstract color composition. And the primary colors, red, yellow, blue, are all there. With a little green thrown in. Yes, this is a photograph where color is a defining characteristic.
Another is the composition. The lines, the objects, the tree, the posts. If it were a little more minimal, it might be an homage to Mondrian.
And then there is the "punctum" of that white, slightly diagonal, drainpipe.
And finally, the sheer randomness of it. Each element is a human gesture on the landscape. They came in increments spanning at least a century. And then I show up and point my camera at the arrangement and share it with you.