(Very) Hard Wood
There were lots of fun things to play with compositionally on this one. First I got lucky in that I got to play a triple whammy for depth: shallow depth of field from the wide-open lens, repetition, and diminishing perspective. But the most fortunate thing that I had going for me is that the lighting of the museum presented an awesome chiaroscuro effect. Chiaroscuro is a technique in painting, drawing, cinema, and photography of using light and dark contrasts to suggest depth and volume. You see it most often as dark environments with dramatic, narrow-focused lighting on subjects, as with this photo. But I'd never heard of chiaroscuro when I shot this. To me, it was just a cool scene to shoot. I didn't know what I was doing but I'm happy I recognized the potential, which seems more important.