Over the years, as I moved to digital, the orientation of my photographs have shifted. Back in the film days, I had a healthy mix of photos in both the portrait and landscape orientation. But the horizontally oriented computer screens have had an undue pull on my images. Now, a vast majority are oriented in landscape, better filling monitors.
I’m trying to break free from my hardening conventions and with my recent experimentation with my Photo Sketchbook, I’m trying different things. I’m making an effort to shoot vertically again. And for some reason, this portrait orientation seems to have more of an artistic feel, especially for subjects like architecture. Perhaps the atypical orientation introduces a bit more abstractness to the images.
I shot these in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Details from the wonderful 100-year-old restored bathhouses that form the centerpiece of Hot Springs National Park. I zoomed in close, closer than I usually do, to isolate details and simplify the composition.
They are not true abstracts of course, but I think they have a certain artistic feel. Different, for sure, than my typical wide-angles in a landscape orientation. I took all photographs with the Panasonic ZS50 travel zoom.
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