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Thinking it through

Before I had taken the outdoor shots of the house model, I set up a night scene, just in case things didn't work out.

Here are the two runner-ups that would have been considered for the exhibit.

I'm posting them to give some insight into

the thought process of what works and doesn't work. At least for myself.

The image on the left has a lot of visual drama, even though it's not an accurate representation of my old neighborhood. It also has the feeling of an illustration. [ which is not a bad thing ]

The image on the right is pretty close to the way it was; the light from a lone street light illuminating the car. The house surrounded on both sides with foggy darkness. And also the feeling of a

very old neighborhood.

What is accurate in both, is that all of the lights are on in the house. I can hear my father yelling: " Turn off those lights, what do you think this is; the Hilton!"

If I had to choose one of the two, at the moment it would be the image on the right.

It feels more dynamic in terms of composition and "reads" in one glance.

The image on the left, is telling a longer story and engages the other house into the tale.

Is this over intellectualizing? I'm not sure.

I'd be very interested in other people's opinion! It gets into that nebulous debate of: What is ART?

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Taken on May 29, 2011