Here are a couple of vintage black & white images from my files – uncovered during a search for something quite different.
The pictures where taken in Windsor for The Sunday Times back in June 1988 and looking at them now after so many years, both pictures give me a sense of pleasure.
I like the way that the composition of each photograph breaks the rules.
The composition of the first picture is split in two about one third from the left. Each section could be said to comprise a separate picture in its own right. But by including the two together the aim was to capture more of the moment, more of the atmosphere and add depth. It is a technique I particularly enjoy and have used many times. There is another example of this ‘split’ image – also taken for The Sunday Times here
Black & White
This ‘split’ composition technique always seems to work best in Black & White photography because B&W relies on form and tone. It can be done in colour, but is more difficult as there is more likelihood of distraction and confusion.
The next photograph, taken on the same assignment, is almost split in half horizontally. This is normally something to be avoided, unless, as in this case, each half of the image has a great deal to say and they are inter-related. The water reflections of the trees pull the two halves together.
Notice that the line of the far river bank is not allowed to travel the entire distance across the image – it is broken by the top of the head of the man on the left.
The pictures were taken on a brand new Leica M6. I soon got rid of it and returned to Nikon. The Leica was the most unreliable camera I ever owned.
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