These two images were taken because the scenes reminded me of when I lived in the prairies of Canada. The endless vista, the long straight road leading into the horizon, the dry, yellow grasses and dark earth are all like Manitoba, in winter, except this is near Flugumyri, on R76, in northern Iceland. This prairie like landscape was something I did not expect to see in Iceland and, in reality and unlike Manitoba, the fog is hiding a mountain range just a few miles distant.
For me, these two images have different narratives despite being taken just 2 metres apart.
The upper image has the large boulder on the left as an anchor point. From there the eye follows the fence as it rolls into the ditch and up to the horizon before coming back down the track. The track has relatively minor significance within the whole image. In fact, there is no one key element in this image.
Across both images there are horizontal diggings in the fields that add to the sense of recession and so emphasise the distance, as you look towards the horizon. But, apart from these there is little to attract the eye away from the ditch and track.
For me, the top image is about the emotions and the memories that it evokes relating to Canada. The narrative about who, when and why the ditch, track and fences were constructed is a minor factor.
In the second image the track has a much more significant role. The gate posts are an entrance, inviting you to go directly along the track toward the distant horizon. The horizon beckons! The ditch and fence, in this image, act as barriers to seeing, or wandering off to the left. The left hand, gate post, cutting across the ditch, also stops the eye from following the ditch rather than the track. Even the dark tyre marks between the gate posts, being much more prominent in this image, force this direction of view. It is a very much more directed view and it is even more difficult to wander around this image.
The second image is about being enticed to start a journey. Again, the who, when, why narrative is less significant.
The intrigue in both is about wondering what is beyond that horizon. Obviously, whatever is there, is attractive to and useful enough for humans to have built the track and fences to get there.
I find it exciting that a very small change in view-point can make such a large difference to my reading of the image. It is both an opportunity to dramatically change meanings with a small shift in position and also a challenge to ensure the composition conveys the meaning the author wants.