, Salem, MA

March 6, 2014

The reader's eye

The Salem News

---- — Name: Sarah Rydgren

Hometown: Salem

Description: “This is under the pier at Old Orchard Beach in Maine, just as the sun was coming up. I spend my time photographing my surroundings, hiking and sharing my passion for New England. I am self-taught.”

Camera info: Nikon D90, manual mode, 18 mm


This is a well-balanced composition with a strong geometrical design. The image is divided by the intertwined assemblage of vertical posts, horizontal cross pieces, stairs and the shoreline. Tension is produced by the negative and positive spaces created.

The ghostly action of the waves, created by using a long exposure, subdues some of the downward energy of the vertical lines of the pier. Also, the area of sand at the bottom counterbalances the vertical lines of the posts.

In the top right corner, the sunrise colors offset the browns and grays of the image. The block of color adds the extra punch needed.