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    Robertson Hall (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affiars), Princeton University.

    This is a shot of the exterior pillars of Robertson Hall. The shot is rotated clockwise 90 degrees, so the sky would actually be to the right. The light regions are the outward facing sides of the pillars. The darker regions are the sides of the pillars perpendicular to the building. So, each pillar consists of a light region (left) and a dark region (right).

    However, what I like about this shot is that its essentially an optical illusion. It looks to me as if this is a series of curved benches in some kind of amphitheater. In this way, the darker regions look like the left-facing front edge of the "bench" on its right. In other words, your mind (or at least my mind) wants to associate the dark region of one pillar with the light region of the adjacent pillar.

    I know that's a really confusing explanation. Hopefully it makes some sense.

    Incidentally, I think this is one of the most interesting buildings at Princeton. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the (former) World Trade Center.

    TunTun_TunTun, barbera*, Steve-h, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Bill Horne 77 months ago | reply

      Wow! Those jurors are T-O-U-G-H! But, you know what, I think they're right. The contrast could be a lot better here. It's great to get some constructive feedback!

    2. Torganiel 77 months ago | reply

      I Very love theses lines ! :-)

    3. nimrodcooper 77 months ago | reply

      The explanation was unnecessary. The image soars through space in luminous, fluid geometry. The light makes an emotional claim on me without regard to the matter of the forms. Your rendering tells its story Beautifully! More contrast or more of this or that would only burden the weightlessness of its flight.

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    4. jhoweaa 77 months ago | reply

      Excellent composition. I really like the lines and the subtle shadows. Very cool shot!

      As seen in 1-2-3 Abstract Architecture

    5. china.sixty4 76 months ago | reply

      Stunning abstract shot - i like that you have rotated the image also

      great subtle tones

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      (Composition First)

    6. Darrell Godliman 76 months ago | reply

      Excellent minimalist image

      As seen in 1-2-3 Abstract Architecture

    7. brancolina 76 months ago | reply

      this photo really puts a smile on my face ! Excellent, man !

    8. Mikolaj Molenda. will be back one day... [deleted] 71 months ago | reply


    9. jotka26 71 months ago | reply

      brilliant abstract! erm...but, what is

    10. ndrgrnd 69 months ago | reply


    11. Paulssons 69 months ago | reply

      I am beginning to appreciate shots with more subtle coloring more and more. Keep coming back to this one. What nice curves. I love it.

    12. John Magnet Bell, Wearing a Red Tie 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Disciples of the Roving Heart, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Lightbender 68 months ago | reply

      Wonderful study in grey. Delectable curves.

    14. jotka26 59 months ago | reply

      IMG_6456jot's_cafe-1-32.jpgplease join us at jot's Café

      yeah! another bloody group invite...but it's my own private little place where I can damage all the shots I

    15. jotka26 59 months ago | reply

      let's start with this one...I like it...that's why I have invited, this is your lucky day; no damage today ...
      steaming hot

    16. @rild 59 months ago | reply

      Wonderful lines...

      steaming hot

    17. Neon Ibis 51 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image. Great idea to rotate it.

    18. Rococo57 47 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FLOOR primus (post 1,award 4), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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