Originally posted by colin: It's a perfect piece of composition. Look at how Meru's face is automatically the center of attention. That's because of the contrast: whites behind her contrasting with the small darks of her face and hair. Then notice that she's placed very close to perfectly on the left, dividing the picture into 1/3rd and 2/3rd pieces. Also look at how the balancing point of interest, the dark hall's vanishing point with its cluster of light and dark shapes for interest (but with less contrast than the main point of interest) is very close to being on on the other 1/3rd line. The darks and lights balance perfectly so the picture doesn't seem too "heavy" in either direction. Finally, the picture is full of interesting texture, in the packaging, the puddles, the boxes, the signs, and the pipes on the ceiling, to give your eye plenty to wander over after it's finished with the point of interest (which it will return to in good time). It could go in a textbook.
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