Recently I attended an art exhibition. It was a wonderful time: artists happy to show their new work; wine and cheese; a stunningly modernized gallery in a great old building in Dumbo: does it get any better! I love that type of event. After viewing the art, which was an eclectic exhibit of printmaking, watercolors, oils and drawings, I began, as always, to look at the space. Off to the side, away from the art and art lovers, I spotted a grate. Now metal grates are at the top of my list for beautiful objects. One of my fondest memories I have of childhood is looking through the air-shaft grate into our backyard. I thought that this grate was the portal to a secret garden that held marvels to be discovered every day. Actually, it did. I saw the seasons change and the natural forms in the yard evolve throughout my early life. So while people at the art show looked at the fine art, I photographed the old grate in the corner. Few people noticed what I was up to, but that was fine: a secret between me and an old friend.
Art genre: Sepia architectural detail art photograph
Complimentary decor: Eclectic
Photography tip: Textures are important. Look for contrasting textures to increase interest when photographing architectural details.