line, vantage point, perspective … and a foot!
I love roofs. I often like to sit on mine and ponder the events of the day. I took this picture not more than five minutes ago. This is my neighbor’s house (and that is my foot). This incorporates several concepts from Helmer’s “The Elements of Critical Viewing”. First, it incorporates line. My gutter is the predominant line; the roof tiles and the house next to mine have lines all over (door, roof, outer wall, gutter) that form squares and rectangles. Without these lines, the image would make little sense; there would be no separation of any of the elements. Secondly, there are the elements of perception and vantage point. First, perception: there is depth to this image. In the foreground, you see my roof (and my foot). In the background, my neighbor’s house. Second, vantage point: I am clearly looking down, giving the viewer a sense of being on my (extremely steep) roof with me. Perhaps the image does not capture the steepness as well as I’d like, but I feel it is visible to some extent.