Isolation with Houses

These two shots are taken moments apart and they show the need for moving the camera around a chosen subject. This first image shows a barbed-wire fence in Southeastern Colorado in need of repair (the fence needed repair, not Southeastern Colorado, but, then again, the area needs repair as well–oh never mind). This image left me feeling timeless, as if I could have been seeing this decades ago. But the “killer” of the timeless feeling were the houses and road visible on the image’s upper left side that corrupted this theme of isolation.

For the image to work well, the barbed wire and post needed to appear isolated. I wanted this image to convey more of a sense of a time past, of open land and how the fences intruded on the space.

Isolation (without Houses)

I moved my camera position slightly and shot again. This image does a much better job of conveying the feelings I wanted–isolation, loneliness and disrepair (sounds like great copy for a bad real estate ad).

Remember as you shoot to keep moving around your image; usually one angle will show your theme or intention better than another one does. That presupposes that you do have a theme or intention for your images when you are creating them. If you don’t, no problem, that’s what’s called a snapshot!