The City Panorama Project: ‘Horse and Carriage’
It’s probably not too difficult to determine my inspiration for “Horse and Carriage” (view it larger here). I was strolling through downtown Seattle looking for panoramic subjects when I came upon the — wait for it — a horse and carriage!
I thought, “Wow this will make for a perfect panoramic image!” so I snapped off four quick shots as I passed beside it. By this point, I’d had a fair amount of practice with my photo-stitching process in Photoshop, and I was sure it would turn out. But as a matter of fact, it didn’t. I had some gaps and some perspective issues that were not going to be solved by only having four images to work with.
So I put those images aside for a while, worked on other ideas, and finally came back to them with a new concept. It seemed like every one of my panoramas up to that point had been created with somewhat different processes. Why couldn’t I take these horse and carriage images in a totally new direction? One other person in our class had played with interspersing slices of two images together, and I was somewhat inspired by that, but I finally settled on just shifting my image order around to make an interesting juxtaposition.
Head before arse, carriage split into pieces (and in one case flipped!), and I liked lining up the distant corners of the buildings on Pike Street, which I thought gave the image back some of the continuity I’d taken away by breaking it apart. A black and white finish to give it a more timeless look, and I had another panorama I was satisfied with.