Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Life line

Occupational Health & Safety requirements have meant that high roofs have to have a safety line for any workers on the roof to clip onto - thus a slip won't result in a fall from a multi-storey building. That's what the solid black line running to the background post is.

But I was more interested in the textures and shadows produced by the morning sun in this picture. The corrugations in the roof have turned the shadow of the safety line into a pattern like a darning stitch from a sewing machine. Outside the cable and its shadow are lines of the roofing nails that have fixed the metal sheeting to the roof battens. There are now four lines leading your eye into the image, and the black & white conversion has emphasised the light and dark aspects of the photo.

EXIF: Nikon D200; Nikkor 70-200 VR; ISO 200; 1/160 sec; f16.


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