Dana Carvey impersonations aside, this is an excellent forced perspective photo by Robert. Perfectly angling the abstract George H.W. Bush statue, located in the American Art Museum, to make it appear that it is reaching out to the man sitting in the gallery. The black and white coloring of the photo helps to simplify the composition and confine the viewer’s attention on the statue and seated person. Well sighted and well executed; very prudent. A thousand points of light, in fact.
And now for something completely different. Forced Perspective is a technique which can create some fun shots. By manipulating our perception of scale and perspective, it creates an optical allusion that objects are larger or smaller than they actually are, are at least in comparison to other objects. You’ve probably seen pictures of your friends pushing over the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or yourself laid a big kiss on the Sphinx, or seen a tourist touch the point of the Washington Monument. There are many ways of pulling it off. Mondmann goes an interesting route with his forced perspective shot: catching some tourists at the Marine Corp Museum in the line of fire of a WWI tail gunner…or so it seems, from a certain point of view.
In a world where photographers are often more concerned with flashy presentation or outstanding technique, Mondmann reminds us that simplicity is key to capturing a unique moment. The photo makes me think of a 70-year-old man who has lived in the same house for 50 years, sitting to watch the world pass by, yelling at kids to get off of his lawn. The dog just looks like a curmudgeon, although I’m sure if you asked him, the dog would say, “Stop anthropomorphizing me!” Well done, Mondmann.