Shutter, window and steps – a simple picture?

Shutter, window and steps

Shutter, window and steps

There is something about this image which appeals to me. It’s a fairly straightforward and simple composition, made up of three principal components. There is light coming through the window on the left, balanced by the dark shadow area on the right. The contrast of light and shade is separated by the window shutter which is worn with peeling paintwork needing attention. The wooden steps have a lovely grain to them but it is unclear from the photograph where they lead. Up to another floor possibly or just a high level cupboard?  To climb the steps you would need to close the shutter, cutting out the light – why was it designed this way? Through the window the out of focus detail hints at a garden beyond with a line of trees on the horizon. Bright spots on the glass suggest it might be raining. A simple image perhaps, but on closer observation plenty to hold the viewers attention, at least that’s what I believe.

It reminds me of the saying by Ansel Adams – ‘There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer’. If both are happy then I guess that’s what makes a successful photograph.

This photograph was taken with a Leica M Monochrom and 50mm F1.4 Summilux lens – @f2.4 1/2000th sec ISO 3200

Do click on the image for a larger view.

2 Responses to “Shutter, window and steps – a simple picture?”

  1. Vicki

    I love the simplicity of the subject (as well as the composition itself). Like many simple images of its kind, it makes one ask questions.
    The image evokes a mood, or memory, of something beyond what you immediately see with your eye.


    • alan frost

      Thanks Vicki. I agree with your comment – it does evoke a mood and ask questions, so pleased you think so too.



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