Published: Sunday 19th of November 2006 11:43:10 AM
It caught my eye
At some point in the nude thread this image was at the bottom of the page. I wanted to take a closer look and finally found it by browsing your galleries.
There are two good things and one minor distraction in the image. The major good thing is that it catches the eye. It does this, in part because the image has both vertical and horizontal segments that engage the rule of thirds despite the fact that the subjects seems to be in the center of the image. The second good thing is the fading of the bridge, which also obscures background distractions. The idea of a mist, whether real or contrived creates the mystery of the image.
The one telling distraction is the lawn chair. As a journalist-photographer (I dislike being called a photojournalist for a number of reasons) I generally subscribe to the standards of the profession, which requires that retouching and manipulation of the image be kept to a minimum. On the other hand if one is striving to produce an image that does not purport to report, then one has a great deal more leeway in editing the image.
In other words, I'd remove that lawn chair in a heartbeat.
By the way. It somehow calls to mind a Japanese woodprint. I consider this very good.
Thank you, Charles. I just happened upon your comment.
Yes, you are right. There is no reason to leave that in there. It was a public park, Williamston Park in a small town of the same name in South Carolina, and the wooden chair must have been part of the reality that the city fathers or their designer created.
There is no need for it in the fantasy, though, is there?
The Fantasy Coming up: "The Reality." Thanks for viewing.