Twin Lakes, Connecticut
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© Aperture Foundation

Paul Strand
American, Twin Lakes, Connecticut, 1916
Platinum print
12 5/16 x 9 5/16 in.

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Pointing his camera up and tilting the frame resulted in this dynamic study of architecture and sky made by Paul Strand during a summer retreat to Twin Lakes, Connecticut. The edges of the roof, pillar, and porch railing that enter the frame at the top barely resemble their functional form; instead they are neatly transformed into triangle, parallelogram, and line. By contrast, the natural shapes of cumulus and cirrus cloud formations fill the sky, balancing the human-made geometric forms in both tone and texture.