Pier and Bridge, Victoria BC

In writing it’s called parallel structure: repeating similar phrasing adds clarity and force.

In photography, I expect it’s called something, too: composing a photo with similar visual elements (colour, shape, line, object) in different parts of it adds a little something. What, I’m not exactly sure, but I like it.

Wooden pier extends out into harbour; background shows wooden bridge over inlet.

If only I could have got rid of those pesky metal uprights.


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4 Responses to Pier and Bridge, Victoria BC

  1. Ralph Gibson says:

    Me too

  2. Symmetry? And in this case, one type of bridge leading to another, might you borrow the musical term counterpoint or “counterpont” for the bilingual? But the force of the photo lies also in the imperfection of symmetry, in the way the great bridge angles away from the focal footbridge or pier to keep the eye in motion among the lines of perspective. Lovely to contemplate.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – There now, what you see as a feature (the pier not lining up squarely with the bridge), I’ve been fussing over as a flaw. Maybe this is like the interior decorators who warn against trying to make everything matchy-matchy in colour – a little variation is past desirable, into necessary, for visual interest. (Counterpont – I like it!)

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