While shuffling through the photo-pool in the Utata group today I stopped a while to look at this photo. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much. It could almost have been shot at random. But something about it held my eye…and the more I looked at it, the more I appreciated it. There’s an understated–almost subconscious–balance and harmony here. There are lines, and implied lines, and perceived lines that only make themselves known when you look for them. The color palette is deceptively simple, quiet, subtle. Even the inclusion of human artifacts that are imposed on the landscape–the telephone poles, the surveyor’s stake dead in the center, the hint of a highway–seem almost organic.

Nothing about this photograph is obvious. And yet I’ve spent fifteen or twenty minutes studying it, appreciating it, enjoying it. You could diagram this photograph; you could base a lesson plan on it. I’ve no idea if Zoran Vaskic did this on purpose or by accident or by luck, and in the most important way, it doesn’t matter. There is beauty here.

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