Carol of the Balls

December 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Carol of the BallsA musical composition as a photograph.

 

We often find ourselves drawn to simple compositions with repetitive elements. It is the appeal of a zen garden full of stones, raked patterns in sand, or snow falling from the sky. There is something peaceful in the repetition and a musical element of rhythm.

 

Here the balls mimic the pattern of notes across a page and evoke the sounds of Christmas carols with their bright holiday colors.

 

The frame literally "frames" the elements giving them  more value. And the balls which drop just outside the frame work reinforce that this is a three dimensional piece of work.

 

There is a brightness with the color that evokes happy Christmas memories, but also a repetitive use of the gold tones which appear in the wall, the frames and several of the balls. The use of a single color pattern gives a sense of completeness and calm. 

 

Finally, a controlled chaos is found in both the simplicity of the composition and creating this photograph from a straight on perspective. Both the frame and the straight lines keep the colorful balls within its "boundaries". 

 

Photographs like this lend themselves well to editorial print work. Where a quick glance tells a familiar story and draws the reader into an article by complimenting but not overwhelming the topic. 

 

While you are out taking photographs this Christmas season, look for subjects use repetitive elements and rhythm to tell the story.


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