September 6, 2011

Angel Wings, Istanbul, Turkey

Photograph by Boryana Katsarova, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos With Tips From Photographer Catherine Karnow

This photograph takes my breath away with its simple contrast of elements. The angel wings made up of white handprints is exquisitely beautiful in itself. But the additional elements—the phone lines, rough stone wall, dirty satellite dish, and person—make the art even more lovely. These contrasts give the photograph a sense of poignancy. Most people would want to crop out the unsightly electrical wires and satellite dish. But it is precisely these "dirty" elements that bring out the ethereal beauty of the white handprints.

Photo Tip: When shooting murals, or wall art, bring in elements other than the art itself.

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