Photography, unlike fine art, pays no premium for detail. Nay, the detail positively comes in gratuitous abundance to the photographer, while the painter slogs with a thin brush for days on end. From the inception of light capturing art, patterns have excited camera-wielding folks, patterns of lines or regular colour splotches — or anything else that has rhythm and numerical magnitude to it. This is one area where the subject of photography is well differentiated, and rightly so.
Here is a stairwell between the ground and first floors, at dawn:
The aspect ratio is … wild. But the picture is not too narrow. The vertical letterbox view accentuates the patterns, adds depth and removes distracting details. Not convinced? Here’s a different crop:
and the punch is gone…