Some tiles, with a tilting tower…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s nice fish names are: the Grunt Sculpin, the Longjaw Mudsucker, the Pearl Danio, the Hatchetfish, the Ide, and the Pollyfish. If for some legal reason you had to change your name to that of a fish, which one of these would you choose?
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Here’s a photograph I took last October, here in Dulltown.
If there are such things as ‘rules’ of composition in photography, I suppose one of the first in the book, writ fairly large, would be: Don’t have anything in the picture that divides the composition straight, slap-bang, down the middle, splitting it in two. It always looks messy, and the eye of the viewer is repelled and confused, not knowing which side to go as it seeks something of interest to settle on.

So, what do we have here?
If I remember correctly, this shows the side of one of the closed down businesses in the city centre; I think it used to be a bright, but slightly scruffy place doing pizzas, other hot greasy snacks, and tempting treats for the late night drunks from the nearby pubs.
When shops close down around these parts the Dulltown City Council pops round and sticks some large cheery and bright photos in the windows so that the abandoned tawdry and depressing interiors can’t be viewed by passers-by.
That is what you see on the right of my composition, I think it is a night-time snap of the big church in the old part of town. I wonder why the original photographer chose to have the thing canted over like that, perhaps they thought that it would look more ‘cool’ and ‘dynamic’ than a normal upright shot? It looks to me as if the thing is just about to break into a trot and run off to try to find a nicer town to be in.
The tiles which occupy the space on the left are pretty bland aren’t they? I suspect they were originally stuck on just to hide a rather scruffy brick wall when the pizza place was being installed.

Composition:
Well, it’s not a brilliant picture, is it dear reader? But I quite like the way the two halves do sort of compliment each other – the bland tiles sneaking off round the corner to the left balanced by the church tower shrugging off in a bad mood to the right.
Hm, not too bad then – yes, I’m glad I took it.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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