Karasu on iron sculpture #2
Hiroshima | Japan
In this captivating photographic print from Hiroshima City, Japan, the unexpected presence of a black karasu (crow) adds a touch of intrigue to an already engaging urban landscape. The central focus of the image is a tall, rusting iron sculpture shaped like a rectangular cuboid. This structure, bold and almost silhouette-like, exudes a strong presence, radiating deep hues of rust orange.
A distinctive feature of the sculpture is a narrow strip of polished metal that appears to split the cuboid in two. Running vertically down the face of the structure, this element captures and reflects the changing hues of the sky above, lending an illusion of transparency. This clever use of reflective surfaces further enhances the dynamic interplay between the sculpture and its surroundings.
Perched atop the rear of the sculpture is the unexpected visitor, a black karasu, caught in full silhouette against the stark backdrop of the sky. Its gaze seems fixed on the heavens above, adding a sense of narrative to the scene.
The colours in this image have been processed in a manner that creates a striking contrast. The deep rust orange of the sculpture and the silhouetted crow are set against a backdrop of a pale blue-silver sky, resulting in a visually arresting composition.
The mood conveyed through this print is one of strength and dynamism, yet with an element of reflection. The bold forms and dramatic contrasts speak to the enduring power of urban structures, while the surprising presence of the crow prompts introspection on the relationship between nature and man-made environments. This photographic print offers a compelling visual exploration that is both thought-provoking and visually striking.
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