MATTHEW NORDHAGEN :: PHOTOGRAPHY

TWO OF THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

April 3rd, 2019

National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C.

The west-facing panoramic windows of the National Gallery of Arts East Building is a great location because it can offer opportunities for different variations using the same composition. There is background interest from the National Gallery of Arts along with the modern, clean lines of the foreground. It's also well suited for silhouettes given the backlighting. When taking photographs it is easy get conditioned to taking a photograph and then moving on, but there is a lot to be said for slowing down and waiting to see what more you can get out of a given subject. After taking the silhouette composition above the outside sun had started to change which reflected more of the blue sky on the tiled floor. After waiting about 15 minutes for the crowds to clear out of the frame I quickly composed with what little opening in time there was and captured the composition below. While I do like the person-less, colored version I think the first photograph is the better of the two. The silhouette, while not positioned quite exactly like I had hoped, added visual interest and additional contrast that was ideal for black and white. Sometimes it doesn't take a whole lot to bring a photograph together. Often it's just a matter of waiting around long enough for it to happen.

National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C.