Reading Images – Lytham Windmill

Here is an image of Lytham Windmill – a fairly straight forward study in black & white, albeit with a slight tint as well. Or is it a little more than that? Have a good look at the image …_IGP1012-Edit

… and then carry on reading below.

On a simplistic level, from this side there is only one angle of view along which you can obtain separation between the windmill and the lifeboat station (the dark building on the right). A few steps to the left or right and there is no separation.

Along this angle of view, a few steps forward or back changes the relationship between the two main elements in the image – the windmill and the street light. The bench in the foreground plays a part as well.The street light is always going to look down on the bench because they are close to each other. The bench is facing away from both of the windmill and the street light (it’s actually facing across the river Ribble towards Southport).

From a distance, the windmill will be portrayed as you would expect – it is much larger than the street light and would dominate it – but as you walk towards the street light, its proximity to the camera allows it to appear much larger in the image to the extent that it can now look down on the windmill. The actual position I chose allowed the street light to look directly down the diagonal provided by two of the sails of the windmill.

Thoughts along these lines give rise to the saying “your feet are your best zoom lens”.

Andrew