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Meanwhile # 1 | October 2003
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What attracts me most to the medium of photography is the idea of uncertainty, never knowing what will be the end result, the chances of getting something out of nothing is just as good as the reverse. Looking back at all the photographs I have taken over the past five years a definite style and subject matter is evident. Being very intrigued by man made structures with interesting lines and shapes, the photographs tend to communicate better when the angle is altered

By altered angle I refer to the usual angle structures like these are viewed from, belooow, looking up. Usually structures look like they have been designed to be looked at from a position about 50 feet above the ground, but unfortunately this is very rarely possible. Fortunately the structures look equally, if not more interesting when viewed from belooow, contrasting against the endless sky...

The objective is to create an interesting composition out of something which won't usually pass as an intriguing setup but, by altering the angle of a normally uninteresting subject the impression of height is enhanced and the photograph inherits a feeling of endlessness. Contrasting against the strong lines and shapes created by the structures is the ever present changing skies, which is also an interesting subject matter on it's own. What I like about skyscape is the changing effect and atmosphere it creates as well as the difference between skies across the globe In England the sky is grey and almost dead at times, but can be equally attractive and inviting, while the sky in South Africa for instance seem to be a never ending blue mass.

More on the theme of skyscapes in future issues. The examples showed were taken in different cities all over the world, exploring this idea and creating a variety of compositions viewed from belooow. The photographs have all been taken with a 35mm Pentax P30T, and a tripod was used in some of the shots.

Henk Esterhuizen


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