Vague Forms in the Dark

On the university campus is a large totem pole. I have no idea why it’s there, but it’s always intrigued me. Despite this, I have never photographed it until last night.

Totem Pole, 01 (Flickr).jpg
Totem Pole, #01

The wet surface of the wooden birds reflects the light from a nearby lamppost, while the rightmost birds are shrouded completely in shadow. There is not so much a form here as there is a suggestion of form, and that’s what I love about this image. This is the kind of image you can’t glance quickly at. You have to take the time to study it, and get to know it, and in doing so you let it know a piece of yourself. That’s the kind of photography I love – the kind you can have a conversation with.


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