Vasculature – Critique


This week’s critique is on a photo entitled “Vasculature.” I took this photo last Thursday on a foggy morning. It was the first time I had taken pictures in the the fog. These trees were just steps from my house, so I didn’t have to go far to get this picture.

What I love about this photo is its dark and gloomy mood. The image looks like it has been underexposed, giving it a very dim appearance. The fog also adds a dreary feeling to the photo. Furthermore, the naked, and leafless branches suggest death and despair. All these work together to give the picture a very sombre feeling.

The form and shape of the tree branches suggest other things.  The outline of the tree branches forms a curve.  It leads the eye from the top left to the bottom right.  More interestingly, the thick and then thinner branches look a lot like blood vessels.  If you squint, you may think that this photo is an angiogram.  Because the branches also has the appearance of blood vessels, it adds interest to a rather mundane subject matter.

A potential problem with the photo is the question of balance.  If you draw a diagonal line across the photo, you would get the trees in one half of the line and white space on the other half.  Clearly, this would mean that the photo is lopsided or unbalanced.   This unbalance is a major flaw of composition.

The photo could have been improved if it was cropped tighter.  At the bottom right there is a power line running across the image.  This does not go well with the primary subject matter, the trees.  Cutting it out I think would make the photo better.  A tighter crop would also simplify the image more.

Please let me know what you think.  Thank you!


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