“Take a number of shots using lines to flatten the pictorial space. To avoid the effects of perspective, the sensor/film plane should be parallel to the subject and you may like to try a high viewpoint (i.e. looking down). Modern architecture offers strong lines and dynamic diagonals, and zooming in can help to create simpler, more abstract compositions.”
Early evening walk around a couple of the Palmerston Forts built during the Victorian period on the recommendations of the 1860 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom.
The works were also known as Palmerston’s Follies, partly because the first ones, around Portsmouth, had their main armament facing inland to protect Portsmouth from a land-based attack, which gave the impression that they faced the wrong way to defend from a French attack. Also because they were considered of questionable military value. The images above are from the inward facing walls of Forts Widley and Fort Purbrook.
I like the abstract quality of the brickwork and slowly decaying windows and iron work and thought it would be a good source of a flattened image because of the large expanse of brickwork.
Wasn’t expecting the dog, but quite liked its juxtaposition with the CCTV camera!