Sam Javanrouh, bce christmas lights (Dec. 22, 2004).
Javanrouh is one of the bigger photobloggers out there, and that's for a reason: he has a good eye. I enjoy the precision of this shot. There's nearly perfect symmetry going on, which is something that the human eye is drawn toward (in fact, there are those that think that the biological notion of physical attractiveness is based on the symmetry of faces).
BCE Christmas Lights also has a silvery tone that I like. I watched (for the fourth or fifth time) my copy of The American Experience: Ansel Adams. Adams was great with black & white film. Perhaps the greatest (well, either him or Stieglitz). Adams could draw a certain shimmering tone that really changed the way we look at the American West. Having seen some of the places he photographed, Adams did a lot to change the way the places actually appeared in his work. Golden mountains take on a white, papery tone. Pale green aspens become tinsel. That tonal change is pretty impressive, as is the tonal qualities of BCE Christmas Lights. There's a gradient to the tone in this work that furthers the sense of order therein.
This week's Carnival of the New Jersey Bloggers is up and raring. There's some great shots on it that reference some of my favorite NJ architecture. As always, link early and link often.