I’m going to write a few words about a wonderful photo by Alec Soth called “Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, Dyess, Arkansas, 2002” that can be found in here.
The photo makes excellent use of proportion – placing the house very small against the huge sky and long flat horizon to emphasise the emptiness of the area; and balance – making the sky the focus. This emphasises the power of nature and perhaps reflects Cash’s religious beliefs, in which man remains very small relative to the higher power. The photographer is obviously more concerned with what the proportion conveys rather than showing us detail of the house. The horizon is a nice natural line, and its placement also suggests an awareness of the rule of thirds and breaks them to good effect; by placing the house just under the bottom horizontal line, it’s feels even more dwarfed by the sky.