Hills on Coast Road, Wainuiomata

Hills in Wainuiomata, New Zealand. Art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Wainui Hills Squared. It could hardly be more literal—it describes the subject, the place, and the shape of the composition—yet the pun of squared elevates it beyond mere utility. I mean, not to pretend it’s some type of literary genius, but it tickles me. And you could do worse in life than being able to amuse yourself with puns.

This photo is from the same shoot as Wainui Hills, taken on Coast Road in Wainuiomata, New Zealand.

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Hills on Coast Road, Wainuiomata – Black & White

Hills in Wainuiomata, New Zealand. Black and white art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Wainui Hills Squared in Black and White.

This photo is from the same shoot as Wainui Hills, taken on Coast Road in Wainuiomata, New Zealand.

It took a while to find a direction for this. Prior to the square crop there was a lot more sky, which made it an awkward composition. To the extent I put it on the scrap heap, actually. But something made me look again, and this time I saw the potential.

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Joshua Tree Silhouettes, California

Black and white photograph of tree silhouettes against a cloudy sky in Joshua Tree National Park, California. Art by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Cotton Sky on Joshua Trees. Comparing clouds to cotton isn’t exactly breaking new ground, but the clouds in this picture just look so much like wisps of cotton wool that have been pulled apart. The cliché practically demanded to be invoked. (And to be sure, I’m not normally one to acquiesce to the demands of any old cliché, but this time I thought I could make an exception. Oh, and this other time.)

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View From Mihintale Mountain, Sri Lanka

View from Mihintale mountain peak in Sri Lanka, art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: View From Mihintale.

Another from Mihintale mountain peak, Sri Lanka, along with Sri Lankan Clouds in Pastel, and Sri Lankan Clouds in Black.

For a long time I couldn’t make this one work. I like the composition, but with plainer colors it was unappealing. Then I adjusted it as you see, and it came to life. It’s funny how the right processing can make a photo.

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Rocks & Ocean in Black & White, Ko Samet, Thailand

Black and white art photo of rocks and ocean on the shoreline of Ko Samet, Thailand. By Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Ko Samet Rocks in Black.

This is the island of Ko Samet, Thailand. Can’t you tell by the Thailand-ish-looking rocks?

I jest because it’s another one of those distinctions that’s almost pointless, seeing as it could been anywhere. Though It still feels important to mention because it was a big trip and such an exotic location.

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Seascape, Port Campbell National Park, Australia

Seascape with one of The Twelve Apostles limestone stacks, Port Campbell National Park, Australia. Art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: One Apostle.

This is one of The Twelve Apostles limestone stacks at Port Campbell National Park in Australia (which is well worth seeing in person if you get the chance).

I was aiming for a sense of space in this photo, and maybe loneliness if you will. I love the atmosphere evoked by the uncluttered composition, the single island with all that sea. There’s a soothing minimalism to it.

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Paddy Field in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Gold and purple islands, cliffs, and paddy field in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Ninh Binh. So named because it’s in Ninh Binh. Clever title, no? But not as straightforward as you might think, because Ninh Binh is a city also. The discerning viewer should be able to tell whether the photo is of a city or not, though.

Same general area as Ninh Binh River, but this one is a paddy field despite its visual similarity.

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