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Photographer: Alec Dawson
Model: Iela
www.AlecDawson.net
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Beauty out of Symmetry.

This photograph has several examples that put the lie to the monotony of symmetrical design. There are several motifs I can see: the rectangle of the pool, the entanomorphic reflections and shadows; the placing of the model in the center front.

At the same time, however, the symmetry is an illusion: the model is not quite dead center and the visible angles of the pool are not equal. Even the shadow of the model is slightly off balance.

However, this is not a flaw or technical error. This same "balanced yet unbalanced" theme recurs frequently in Celtic art (and think of how common such expression as "She does but she doesn't; She is but she isn't" are among modern Celts today). It's the appearance of this symmetry that draws us to the image but it's the disturbance of the same that provides the emotional impact the image conveys.

For example, a common misconception among beginning photographers is that the subject must occupy the exact center of the photo (vertical and horizontal). Another is that the horizon must be centered as well. Both of these so-called rules are effectively shattered in this image: the subject is toward the bottom and horizon is only vaguely defined at the top. And without that technique the image would not touch so deeply.

The placement of the defining objects (subject, pool, horizon) is what forces us to examine the entire image - and the logical flow appears to be from the top down rather than dead center.

The overall feeling is one of tranquility; the freezing of a single moment of time. The binding and position of the model emphasize this. But even this is bent at the edges with the Koi providing a sense of motion on the right hand side of the pool (and, once they are noticed, the eye is drawn upward once again creating that subtle uncertainty that gives this image a unique ambiance.

The glare of the sunlight touching the model is a perfect topping to a beautiful and somehow disturbing image. Mr. Dawson has shown himself capable of creating masterpieces from a genre often abused and degraded. But this one stands apart from anything else I've seen so far. A fantastic collaborative effort of artist and model.
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ComplementaryMark Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Wonderful photo, great setting to shoot Iela to. A fave for me.
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stung1010koth Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is - frankly - an incredible masterpiece.
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