The square aspect sets the stage for a balanced composition. And so the elements follow, in symmetrical ways, to create harmony. Yet something is amiss despite the restful scene. The desolation and blustery sky warns of something. A feeling of hopelessness hinges on a single elusive detail.
Light moves through the space dramatically. The sky is ominous, and the beach abandoned. The central focal point, the empty guard post, is analogous to uncertainty, vulnerability. At the cardinal points, there is secondary support from additional elements; the intrepid sailboats in the distance indifferent to the inclement sky, the sandals abandoned in the foreground. The moon is curious. Its disc being impeding by another. A foreign celestial body, suggesting something treacherous. The harmony of the scene transforms under the threat.