Dawn in the stairwell, patterns and the importance of the aspect ratio

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 narrowThe vertical letterbox view accentuates the patterns, adds depth and removes distracting details. Not convinced? Here’s a different crop:

and the punch is gone…

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