Saturday, February 5, 2011

Charles Négre: Henry le Secq at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris 1851.

In this picture Négre captures his friend; artist and photographer Henry le Seq as he looks out over Paris. Although the photograph is most definitely staged, I feel it captures that moment of awe or the payoff having ascended up though the Cathedral.

Le seq is the focal point in terms of both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional composition and depth of the shot. The sharpness of the gothic detail plays against the "softness" of the forground and background and sets up an interesting relationship between man and Gargoyle.

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