, Salem, MA

May 8, 2014

The reader's eye

The Salem News

---- — Name: Erika Torkildsen

Hometown: Beverly

Description: “I took this at the Salem Common around a park where I noticed a ripped basketball net amidst the blue sky. Instead of taking the picture from my original view, I tipped the camera up from under the net so that a new perspective was able to be observed.

“I am 16 years old, and I have always loved taking photos as a creative art. I believe that each photo tells a story and is perceived differently by each person in their own mind.”

Camera info: Nikon L150 15x Wide Optical Zoom VR, 5.0-75.0mm lens


A very tight shot from an unusual angle focuses our attention on a common object that now appears unusually intriguing. The tight crop zeroes in on the circles created by the metal hoop and ragged net. Holding us in this image is the circular components of the composition. The backboard tilted at such an angle gives the composition some tension.

Two frayed pieces of the net on the left shows off its character.

By cropping off the top of the hoop, the photographer realized that there was no need to show the complete circle of the metal hoop.

Do the wisps of clouds add to it? Maybe. Would you shoot it again with a clear blue sky?

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