At first I didn't know how to contact this photographer, but a kindly reader, William Flowers, clued me in about how to use Flickr Mail. I haven't kept up with Flickr's changes well enough, obviously.
Eventually I was able to contact the photographer, Juan Amores (his real name—he goes by "John Love" in various places) and he did give me permission to publish it. You might still want to look at it at this link, where it's bigger and easier to see.
I like the tension between the strong colors of the manmade "frames" and the subtler, more earthy colors of the natural scene, but what strikes me about this picture is the balanced eccentricity of it, "eccentric" in the sense of off-centeredness. The graphic elements have strong echoes—the natural scene split into three areas by two strong horizontals echoed by a horizontal line in the green area on the left, the two small spherical shapes (bolt heads, I suppose) echoing between left and right—all the reinforcing and yet not quite matching curves. And I like the degree of bokeh in the foreground objects—just enough to make a contrast of soft and sharp, but not too blurry, as we more often see these days.
The picture reminds me a bit, in its colors and strong design, of Harald Mante's work.
The accents probably save the picture from being just an exercise—the ship on the body of water and that improbable and odd bowed metal pole bisecting the circular "picture within the picture"—those elements give the picture of bit of life and somehow give the eye a bit more "permission" to dwell on the formal compositional aspects. You have to be careful about echoes in photographs—they can be sort of dulling somehow, metronomic, if they're too obvious. That the green and orange colors are so nicely complementary adds a nice touch—supporting the "balanced but unbalanced" feel of the picture.
I happened across Juan's picture (randomly, hence the post title) at fredmiranda.com, while paging my way through a massive Sigma DP2 Merrill thread.
(Thanks to Juan and William)
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Dave Levingston: "That's a wonderful photograph."
Juan Amores: "Thanks, it's an honor for me!!"