I wanted to describe the compositional elements in detail on one of the latest photographs I have added, Toronto street, Brooks Brothers (under the Urban album) and how they relate to the overall photograph.
Repeated elements - the bicycle on the street, the bicycle in the window display; the Brooks Brother sign is reflected on each edge of the frame; horizontal lines that go from one edge of the frame to the other - the edge of the sidewalk in the foreground, the yellow line in the street in the middle ground and the sidewalk in the background; the tree and the lines in the glass on both sides on the edge of the frame in the background.
Elements related to balance. The point of view is direct, face on to the scene. The bicycle in the foreground, set to the right is balanced by the weight given to the person walking. The eye is especially attracted to a human figure, giving it more weight than if it was not a human figure. Additionally, the figure is dark against a bright background and is in the middle between the edge of the coat in the window display and the line on the glass. The figure is moving out of the frame, to the left, creating some dynamic feeling to reduce the overall static nature in the photograph.
Overall, these compositional elements are integrated to create an underlying sense of balance with some movement in the photograph.