Ideas and Imagery #101

This photo of a grain elevator was taken in Baker City in the evening just before sunset.  These old structures are simple and elegant, and I enjoy seeing and photographing them.

The ladder on this elevator works as a great pathway to lead your eye through the photo to the uppermost part of the building.  The shadows under the rungs of the ladder and the overhang of the roof add depth to what otherwise would have been a very flat image, and there is just enough shadow to the corrugated metal walls to add texture.

These types of photos that emphasize shapes and structural detail are very conducive to black and white processing.  On an overcast day this scene would contain very little color as it stands, so conversion to black and white was almost a foregone conclusion.

Even though this photo is simple, it's value lies in the use of good quality light to bring out its features and beauty.