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Dividing Line, WA

Catalogue Number: WAX318
Edition: 50 only
Panograph Ratio: 3 : 1

Dividing Line, WA

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These reflections in a large salt lake near the mining town of Kambalda evoke for me the concepts of earth and heaven. The dividing line between them is accentuated by the fine white line of salt, visible in the far distance; the heavenly opalescence of the sky is reflected, but with diminished brilliance, in the earthbound waters of the lake. The funny thing about this photo is that it breaks the commonly accepted “rule of thirds”, which teaches that the best compositions in art generally position a subject a third of the way across – or up or down – the page. When this photo was shown in an exhibition, it completely befuddled a visiting photography professor. Not knowing that I was the photographer when I came up to her, she burst out: “He’s put the horizon in the middle! He’s broken the rule of thirds. But it works!” Still not letting on who I was, I said, “Well, isn’t it good the photographer didn’t bother about the rules!” Of course, I’m well aware of such ‘rules’ – and often follow them – but I also know that there are times when we should go beyond humanity’s self-made restrictions.

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