Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alec Soth

Though all architecture pictures lean towards a geometry base, this one uses it especially well. The zigzag of the stairs, ceiling and floor are balanced by the solid forms of the door and window on opposite sides. In terms of color, this picture tends towards the "ignore" tactic; what ever color is there is washed out by the flat light. The color plays little to no part in the photograph which is made up purely of composition. Again the subject of the photo has no historical or philosophical significance. In its self, the staircase isn't even a very beautiful one, it is the photograph the makes it aesthetically pleasing. It is not a recording of some eloquent quality that is evident in this rather derelict space; rather the photograph has moved past recording to create its own beauty, just as described by Szarkowski in the reading. 

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