Here’s another photo that was better in black and white than in color. Atlas, an art deco sculpture by artist Lee Lawry, has stood in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City since 1937. In the original photo, the statue was a bit lost in all the tan of the building and the shadows creeping in from the left.
I like the black and white version much better. The shape and details of the sculpture show much better, particularly the muscles as Atlas struggles to support the world on his shoulders. I also think the the way the windows and doorways reach upward while the angles of the buildings center their weight on the globe are an interesting contrast. Finally, I like the way the tree branch frames the top of the photo and brings a bit of nature into an otherwise man-made environment.
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