Closer Than They Appear

Closer Than Than They AppearAs a photographer, you’re always making decisions, conscious or not, to include or exclude certain elements from your photographs. You’re also looking for ways to build stories with your pictures. When I captured this photo, I was looking for shots out the passenger side of the car at Winterthur in Delaware. The side-view mirror was sneaking into the corner of my frame as I aimed out the window. After a moment of frustration, I realized that rather than try to exclude it completely, I could make it the focal point of my photograph. The mirror helps tell the story: instead of a simple scene in the woods, it is clear we are driving down a path and thanks to the mirror, it’s very clear where we are coming from.

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