As I went to get the trusty exacto knife, it suddenly occurred to me: why not use Photoshop to crop it, instead of an actual 3-dimensional implement of destruction? That way, I could crop it one way and observe the result, then go back and start over, as many times as I wanted to. Genius!
The original mess
Version 2: The first thing I did was to cut off the edges a little. I didn't think this was a great improvement.
Version 3: I trimmed it down a bit further. Not bad. But now the upper right corner seems too light and doesn't really go with the rest of the piece.
Version 4: I took off some of the light area on the right side, and I'm starting to like it better. There is still a tension between the gold/rust diagonal and the gold/rust bar at the bottom. My eyes bounce back and forth between them. Hmmm...
Version 5: Here, I eliminated the bar at the bottom completely, making the gold in the center the focal point, and simplifying the composition greatly. No more push-pull; the composition is more static. Has it become boring?
I realize this was all kind of tongue-in-cheek, but in spite of my silliness, there is something to be learned here.
Of course, you may be thinking, "Who cares?", and I wouldn't blame you. But if you have any interest at all, I'd like to know which version you think is best, and why.
Is less really more? By golly, I believe it is! Next thing you know, I'll become a minimalist. No, wait... what am I saying?
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