• Carl Battreall

Embracing Chaos

Print #20, Alaska, 2020, 1/1

When composing a photograph, I tend to lean towards simplicity. I generally prefer to isolate a subject and compose my photographs with restraint. Minimally composed images gather a quick and dramatic response from the viewer.

On rare occasions, I let chaos reign. The image above is one of those occasions. I struggled to isolate a subject but I knew there was a photograph to be made. I went against my intuition and pulled back and included the entire scene. At fist glance, one might find this photograph too busy. Photographs like this demand from the viewer a bit more examination. Time is needed to explore the image and study its many layers. View this image at full size and enjoy its chaotic splendor.