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Playground by the Sea

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 9 April 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Following on from the last photo that I posted, this shot was taken in the same place and shows a children's playground on the beach front promenade at Llandudno in North Wales.

Re composition - I've deliberately included the tip of the Great Orme headland on the left side of the frame. I'm not sure why but it just felt right. (Well I do know why it felt right but I haven't got space to explain it here. If you are interested in the esoterics of composition you can start with this: Wabi-sabi


PS - while we are on the subject of composition, I've updated the blog on my website this week with an article on a visit last weekend that I paid to the fantastic Van Gogh 'Sunflowers' exhibition at the National Gallery in London: Composition in Art - Learning from Vincent

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Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

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Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

In my opinion, this presence at the left side is essential as it makes the shot a litle bit warmer (less cold) in some way.
There is also a good dialog between the left angle of the playground fence and the shape of the coast.

9 Apr 2014 7:27am

@Gérard Beullac: Hi Gérard - I agree that it changes the whole visual balance of the composition (for the better) but for me it's the fact that it adds a bit of quirky asymmetry to an otherwise very formal shot. I've been photographing empty children's playgrounds since I first got interested in photography. It's a real shame but here in the UK at least it's no longer socially possible to photograph children at play (unless they are your own) but there's a certain kind of melancholy beauty to playgrounds when they are empty. I know that others won't see this in the photo but for me personally the rocky headland is also a contrast in the photo with the transient nature of childhood.

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