In my favourite style of only shooting pieces of things (which I have shamelessly stolen from Tara ;p), these doorways are at Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament. I'd actually have gotten a bigger and better shot had there not been a wrought iron fence all around it, forcing me to shoot between the bars, so photography loses in the battle between security and art...
Mar 29, 2012 11:56:35 pmby anahata.c Homepage »
I"m still back in November, and I'm skipping images right & left...this isn't easy. But I wanted to comment on this because you've made the very staunch "upward reaching" language of gothic architecture both oddly warm and almost 'plastic'. (Plastic, as in 'touchable', 'mold-able'---which was what plastic originally meant.) Your highlights on the typically gray arches & tracery, their contrast with all that gothic shadow, and your choice to 'top' the image off with a row of lighter-colored foils atop the arches all make this feel like it was 'poured' into the space as much as built. It's almost liquid, in other words. Now I know that the gothic designers wanted some liquidity, but this feels almost mold-able: A wonderful use of light & plasticity on a stone facade. And the grill at the top fits right into the verticality of the shot, I don't find it an intrusion at all.
I do understand what you're saying about tara's way with 'excerpts' (of which I'm a great fan too!). But of course you both do it in your own unique ways, and this is somehow an arch-denise image. (No pun intended, with 'arch'.) The florals & grotesques, atop the arches, seem almost poured on in fresh plaster. Your light is really transformative here.