(or, composition techniques by stealth)
(or, name the secret monarch)
There are 13.83 sqazillion photographs uploaded to the Internet every nanosecond. Most of these are ugly photos of beautiful things.
I want to do the tiniest bit to redress this trend by posting some beautiful pictures of ugly things
Bins. Bins are ugly and smelly. They also are regular and geometrical, and line up nicely. Beautiful.
RHS steel. I used to sell RHS steel. It’s usually painted a pleasant blue with coloured paint on the ends indicating its thickness. Beautiful. No, wait, it’s supposed to be ugly. It is, very ugly. But it is strong and solid and contrasts beautifully with inorganic tatters of… whatever that is. Beautiful.
Bike racks. Bike racks are ugly. Except maybe for these ones. But colour and blur is beautiful, right? Well, blur is, and if the colour isn’t there’s aways the colour temperature setting to play with when you import the raw file. Always shoot in raw. Beautiful.
Walled up shopfronts in decaying main streets of cities like Newcastle are ugly, right? but lots of soft gradients and mellow colours contrast so well with a few straight edges and dense regions of black. Beautiful.
Couches are OK. They can be ugly (like ours) or beautiful (Like this guy‘s).The only really ugly thing about this couch is that it’s been dumped out in the bush, and that’s a pretty ugly thing to do. But playing with time using a neutral density filter is fun, and a fuzzy human form is really set off by a little black dog. Like a beauty spot.
Thompsons Point is just ugly. But clouds are OK.