I use three forms of abstraction here to activate the imagination of my viewers – the two firemen, arriving at City Hall for a meeting, are obscured by both backlighting and my vantage point, while the building itself is reduced to just a doorway and a small patio. Other firemen had arrived before them, so I had ample time to compose the shot. I wanted to catch the men side by side, yet keep them from overlapping either each other. I wanted them contained by the geometry of the diagonal shadows that will soon envelope them in darkness. The white negative space that crackles between the men, as well as between them and the shadows that surround them, creates tension that defines this abstracted moment in light, time, and space.