Arrangement in Black and White No. 1

Photo taken in my parking garage this morning. Lots of cutesy titles suggested themselves, among them:

“Rule of Thirds” – because there are three white pillar bases and three white lights. Plus the “Rule of Thirds” concept.

“Figures 3 and 4 in Black and White” – which would be a play on Charles Demuth’s brilliant I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold.

In the end I went with “Arrangement in Black and White No.1” as a play on Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, better known as Whistler’s Mother, because I rarely take black-and-white photos and this one seemed to be all about light, shadow, and geometry. Hence, an “arrangement” in black and white of lines, shapes, darkness, and light.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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4 Responses to Arrangement in Black and White No. 1

  1. That is super interesting. If you let your eyes unfocus, the pillars kind of take on a checkerboard look as well. Very cool!!!

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    • Oh cool, you’re right! I didn’t even try to line it up that way. I just walked forward and back until things “clicked,” like I was a safecracker hearing the tumblers fall into place. My subconscious must have been paying attention to that checkerboard effect, even though I didn’t have a clue😂

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  2. Rose says:

    plus three I-beams

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