The Line Within

PhotographerYaser Sulaiman
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryDamascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Photo DateMarch 22, 2017
Technical Info50mm, f/8, 101s, ISO 100
Entry Description

"Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago A black-and-white long exposure photo of an office building in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The original capture is a 100-second exposure captured on a partially cloudy day before sunset using a 10-stop Neutral Density (ND) filter. The final result is basically a combination of 4 B&W versions (3 for the building and 1 for the sky) of the original capture. For the lighting pattern and B&W treatment of this particular photo, I tried to draw inspiration from Joel Tjintjelaar's "Shape of Light" photograph of the Zadkine Building in Rotterdam.

About Photographer

An award-winning hobbyist fine art B&W photographer who often seeks the abstract and the minimal in architecture and seascapes using daytime long exposures. I am a Syrian expatriate of Circassian descent currently living and working in Saudi Arabia. At the end of 2014 and at around the age of 30, I picked up a new hobby: photography, and so far I haven't let go. In the beginning, I explored portrait and landscape photography, but I always found myself generally gravitating toward the abstract and the minimal. That's why I'm currently focusing on black-and-white fine-art photography, and particularity the application of long-exposure and advanced B&W processing techniques to architectural and seascape photography.