The Weakest Pillar

PhotographerYaser Sulaiman
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryDamascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Photo DateApril 25, 2017
Technical Info50mm, f/11, 167s, ISO 100
Entry Description

"The carrying power of a bridge is not the average strength of the pillars, but the strength of the weakest pillar. I have always believed that you do not measure the health of a society by GNP but by the condition of its worst off." - Zygmunt Bauman A minimalist black-and-white long-exposure photo of some rusty steel pillars on a partially-submerged abandoned platform just off the shore of the corniche in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The original capture is a 167-second exposure captured in the early morning using 13 stops of ND filters (10-stop and 3-stop stacked). The sea was particularly calm that morning, so such a relatively short long-exposure (no pun intended) was enough to smooth out all the movement in the water.

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.