Ben's Photo Blog

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Into the Unknown

Posted by Ben on May 21, 2010

These pictures come from a trip I took with some friends down to my Aunt’s cabin in N.C. near the end of the semester.  Things can get pretty hectic around this time of year, and it was really nice to be able to just get away from it all for a few days.  Our second night there, it was really foggy, so we went down to the lake to see what it was like in the fog.

I had trouble deciding between these two shots.  I really like the composition of the first one with the dock in the lower left corner.  I feel like it gives a sense of stability to the shot.  The fact that the subject only went half-way out on the board seems to add to the effect.  It seems like she’s hesitant to venture any further away from the safety offered by the dock, and the life preserver hanging there.  She also seems to be looking down, at the board, as if trying to decide just how far out to go.

The second shot is it’s opposite in many respects.  It lacks the stability of the first as you cannot see the dock at all, just the board, which you can kinda see bending down beneath his weight.  The subject in this shot has walked all the way to the end of the board, and is looking off into the distance, as if trying to determine what is beyond the fog.  It adds a lot to the shot that you cannot see the water beneath the board or the trees in the background.  This scene could be occurring anywhere; he could be standing over the edge of a canyon for all we know.  Stylistically, I think it would have been a little better to put a little more empty space in front of him, but I couldn’t really crop this one much without losing the top of his head or the board beneath him.

The unknown can be a scary thing, and we can either shy away from it, clinging to the surety of the things we can already see around us or step out to the edge and meet it face to face.

-Ben

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