Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Lessons on Composition

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Fallingwater by Frank Llyod Wright

Fallingwater by Frank Llyod Wright


I am stilling reeling in my international relocation process. Somehow there are still boxes everywhere and with the the U.S. holidays, just getting through Thanksgiving was a challenge.  Unfortunately my photography has taken a hit and I haven’t been able to focus on the craft lately.

The good news was this week I did manage to get my NAS device installed and connected to my network.  That gave me a chance to verify that all my images from the last 10 years safely made the journey across the sea.

So now a chance to share a photo from a few fine minutes of photography I had in October.  I had the chance to attend the wedding of a good friend from Europe that happed to be getting married in the Poconos.  Recently I have been in some sort of obsession phase over Frank Lloyd Wright so with the wedding seemed like a good excuse to make the drive from Chicago to the Poconos and stop and Frank Llyod Wright’s Falling water just south of Pittsburg.

I was not disappointed.  His use of space is uncanny.  What a great stop. The tour was fantastic.  A lot of the books out there talk about how FLW designed around the space, he built the house around the open areas.  This concept is hard to explain, but when I walked through Fallingwater the light whet on and I understood what the historians mean.  The doors and passages and terraces in Fallingwater encourge you to walk and explore, you can’t help but look around the next corner.

So how does that relate to photography?  When composing images you have to take the same approach to try to create a depth to a two demensional image.  It is about making sure there is a foreground, middle ground and background in your composition.  It is about making sure that between those foreground and background elements there are visual cues to drive the viewers eye to create a sense of movement and exploration around the static images.  I remember when these concepts first clicked in my head back in the day and it took my composition skills to a new level.

What was really neat to see, was how Frank Llyod Wright did the same things in 3D space.

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One Comment

  1. Tracey J. Frost May 29, 2018 at 7:47 am #

    That is one of the good blog. I love to take pictures of water fall. By the way i work for a Swimming Pool Service company where i usually get chance to click water photographs. I struggle a lot initially, but now i’m gaining some how. Thanks for this guide it’s really helpful. But i don’t have “NAS device” yet, i will try to buy it as you mentioned in your write up to get a good pic.

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