From:Dave Hennessey Electronic:dave -A- toyhouse.org
Subject:RE: Haunting Date:Sat Jun 25 11:13:39 2011
Response to:16009
Dr. Pepper's "Haunting" photo is really striking.

Why? Take a careful look at the composition. It's haunting how many of the visual elements in the photo "line up".

For background, take a look at Mary Cassatt's "The Boating Party" at the National Gallery of Art.
http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/timage_f?object=46569&image=10088&c=ggcassattptg

Draw a line from the baby's eyes to the father's. From the mother's eyes to the father's. Follow the oars and the sail and rope. Look closely at the hats. The father's hat lines up with the baby's. How about the curve of the mother's hat?

While the subject matter of this painting is mundane, the composition is outstanding.

Now let's examine Dr. Pepper's photo.

Everything is out-of-kilter. But wait. There's some normalcy lurking within. The bike is perfectly horizontal. Draw a line from axle to axle. Look at several pieces of wood on the ground at left - they're horizontal too!

Pepper's face and the electric meter socket are perfectly vertical. So is the face of the first goat.

The head of the third goat (or some other swampland creature) is at the same angle as the derelict house.

Keep looking - you'll find a number of other things which "line up".

The house would be pulling the whole scene to the left, but the large tree at the right pulls everything back into balance.

Perhaps it was just luck. Or perhaps the photographer saw all this as he or she arranged the bike and Dr. Pepper. However it happened, the composition of this photo is outstanding!

Maybe one day we'll see Pepper hanging in the National Gallery one day...