By Gary Fong
Photographer: Laura Reinhardt
Creepy images are with us year round…not simply during Halloween. One must get down on our hands and knees to explore how the bug world sees pictures….that is…if bugs could take pictures.
Laura Reinhardt may not be the type to crawl around on all fours…but she does keep her eyes open for what other may miss.
Now for the Nit Picking
Many people shy away from spiders, bugs, and creepy thing, let along photograph them. These tiny creatures are interesting, even beautify as one explores the details of these tiny critters. It’s our visual adventurism that allows our sense to appreciate what nature has created.
After getting over the creepiness…my eyeballs feel a bit off balance. I would expect the spider to be place in one of the four traditional crash points of composition, i.e. the law of thirds.
What’s the law of thirds? Imagine if a photo is divided up in thirds horizontally and vertically. The resulting four intersecting points within the frame are the traditional crash points where the eye will gravitate, then transition the viewer to other areas of the frame, picking up detail to satisfy the curiosity of the reader.
If the spider is place further out of the crash point, it feels the entire composition moves upper left. That’s not to say it’s not a good picture…because rules are made to be broken. It just feels off balance. it may need another spider on the right to balance off the composition.
The strength of the image is the subject matter, not the composition. It’s a nice picture because it presents something not seen or unappreciated everyday, especially on a creepy Halloween.