This summer I watched Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” for the very first time.
Even though it’s a horror film––a genre I must have a good reason to watch–– I can’t believe I waited so long to see it.
Stunning sets. Continuous shots from the POV of a child pedaling a Big Wheel through a hotel. Perfectly symmetrical cinematography. It’s a masterpiece of viscera and fantasy.
Some art critics say that cinema, which hardly existed 100 years ago, will go down as our generation’s greatest contribution to artistic expression.
Inspired by the ambience I saw in “The Shining,” I set out with Elvis (my Nikon) looking for visual parallelisms, and the best I could do was this. Paltry, but still one of the better pictures I’ve taken.
I do not understand the draw of clean lines or the gravitation I feel toward visual balance, but thanks to Stanley Kubrick, I have a way to express how these things captivate my attention.
What movies have you watched that feature eye-popping cinematography? What are your thoughts on how cinema changes the way viewers express themselves?
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