Editor’s Choice: A Variation on Garden Gnomes

Today’s Editor’s Choice is different from the ones you’re used to. The contents of the photo that we’ll be looking at are rather weird. There’s nothing cute about it, and nothing pretty at first sight. But it’s a well-taken photo regardless. Why? We’ll tell you right away!

Even when this photo might seem very strange, it has what we could call a higher level of photography. Many people might throw it ugly looks, but let’s look at it with open eyes.

by frebeck
by frebeck

Color Composition

Color composition is at the heart of what takes this photo to the next level. Never heard of color composition? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We all know that composition and light are very important factors in photography. But we often forget about photos’ overall colors and their combinations.

Our photo today has three basic colors: yellow on the bodies of the statues, and blue and red on their clothing. The statues are mainly surrounded by two colors: yellow and brick red. The brick red is not stressed very much, and so this color combination is easy on the eyes. This also makes the photo very easy to read.

Boring Content?

Perhaps—but when you look at the photo in another way, and you look at it long enough, then you’ll discover that the content is very interesting, and you start thinking about the whole photo. It’s clear that the content is not as eye-pleasing as in the ordinary, conventional photos that we’re used to—it’s not a hot model shot at low depth of field, or a puppy, or a baby.

Try taking a second look at the whole photo and focusing your attention on the colors. Do you see it?
Try taking a second look at the whole photo and focusing your attention on the colors. Do you see it?

I can imagine this photograph blown up to a large size hanging on a gallery wall. It’s provocative, and it’s a riff on the theme of garden gnomes. It’s got something to it; it captures a reflection of our modern world, of modern man.

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AuthorMajo Elias

I’ve been taking pictures since 2004. When I was starting out, I photographed almost everything. Later my style solidified and I began photographing people almost exclusively. At the moment my main genres are fashion and advertising.

Comments (5)

  1. What do I think about the article, you asked? I thinks it sucks! Sorry. There is nothing in the article to convince me otherwise, and there is nothing attractive about the statues.

    The image would make a bit of sense if it was taken on a sandy beach, for example, or by a swimming pool.
    People don’t wear bathing suits and lounge on the lawn!

    I have been taking pictures a little longer than Majo. I started at a very young age in 1969.
    Maybe that’s why there are so many songs about 1969 :-)

  2. “People don’t wear bathing suits and lounge on the lawn!”

    Oh, yes, they do. I did it, and so did my parents. However, if you live in a concrete jungle and don’t have access to a garden and a lawn, it would be something you won’t have seen. Can’t you see it is the incongruity of it all? And by what definition do they have to be attractive? Read again what Majo says. It wasn’t intended to be a model shoot with its attendant all glitz and glamour. And I have 10 years over you. I started in 1959 and by 1969 all the best had already been written. Sorry, but the best of the Sixties was over by then.

    1. I don’t know where you live, Terry, but I have never, ever, seen people lounging on their lawn in bathing suits here in the US.
      Nooooooo, the best of the 60s started in 69 :-) … lighten up.
      Thanks for commenting.

      1. I live in the UK and it was, and still is, not uncommon for people to sunbathe in their private back gardens. Is it a cultural difference? Are the British generally less inhibited than our American cousins? Is it topographical? Are US gardens not that amenable to the enjoyment of sun bathing in them? Clearly, though, because you haven’t seen it, surely this can’t be the situation for the rest of the US population, can it?

        By the way, to say “lighten up” to someone you don’t know is considered somewhat rude in the UK. :D)

      2. It might be all the above. It also could be because of swimming pools availability. Perhaps there are more of them in private homes in the US, and every municipality has a public swimming pool as well. I live in a relatively small city, and I do have a swimming pool in my backyard, and the city has an Olympic grade public pool that’s within a mile from almost any resident. I have lived in 3 states, and traveled almost 40 states, so my observation is not just where I live. Although I haven’t seen it, it doesn’t mean no one does it. Lighten up here is not rude. It simply means relax, or take it easy, or don’t take it so seriously. Have a great weekend Terry. Peace.

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