Mijas Photography Group – Architecture

The Mijas Photography Group here in the south of Spain has been meeting formally for a couple of months now. We have members from quite a few nationalities – British, British/Spanish, Danish, German, Irish, Norwegian – which is great because we get to see images from a wider range of geographical locations and experience photography from a multi-cultural perspective. Once a month we dedicate a meeting to sharing and critiquing images taken to meet a common subject theme. This month the theme was architecture. Two images are selected from each member’s assignment work and placed in an album in our private Facebook Group. These are my two images which contrast man-made structures with an example of architecture from the natural world. Clicking on an image presents them in an enlarged version as a slide show.

The first photograph shows a man-made, steel structure in Torrox Costa. It forms a roof over a glass floor covering an area revealed by an archaeology ‘dig’. The image blends together new and old architecture by including the lighthouse in the composition but the main aim is bring together curves, diagonal lines, light and shadow into a pleasing graphic design. I converted the image to black and white to help accentuate the graphic elements of the design.

The second image, taken in my garden, is a bird’s nest I found when pruning olive trees this year. I ‘transplanted’ it into an almond tree to give the image more interest. The dullness of the nest’s colour couldn’t compete with the greens and pinks of the almond tree so I converted it to a black and white image. In the feedback from my colleagues at the Group, they liked the conceptual idea of using a bird’s nest as an architectural feature but found the image too cluttered, they felt it needed to be simplified to increase the visual impact of the main subject. I have to agree with them.

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