This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge asked bloggers to explore opposing elements in their photography. I’m not always aware of opposites when I’m taking my photographs, but when I’m browsing through them, I find that I’m strongly attracted to the ones that feature opposing textures and colors. They add interest and complexity. This photograph of the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace is just one example. While the memorial is undoubtedly the star of the show—with its elaborate marble base and richly gilded top—the vibrant, cloudless December sky gives it a run for its money. At first glance, these aspects of the picture conflict. The eye doesn’t know where to go. After a few seconds, however, I find that the sky’s simplicity fades into the background, allowing the crisp edges of the memorial to jump out. Then, I’m able to fully appreciate its intricate form.