New Photo Day! On a regular basis I will be uploading new street photos to flickr and posting them to my blog with a short story as to how they were captured. Including details technical, methodical, and other important tidbits about the photo.
For today’s New Photo Day I am sharing with you one of my most viewed photos. The title of this photo is “Joyfully Sinister.” For me this photo demonstrates the symmetry between a good subject and a good composition.
I was out on a photo walk with my friend Jeremy Stark. It was actually his first time out shooting street photography. We were having a good time exploring the innards of chicago as the sun started setting. I decided I was going to get my flash out and shoot a few shots before we wrapped up for the day. As we were walking along our last stretch of street I saw this gentleman smoking a cigarette off to my left. I immediately started to set myself up for the shot. As I approached him he looked dead in my lens and gave the expression you see above. I clicked the shutter and boom. This is what it became.
This shot is one of my favorite photos for one main reason. It’s composition is very symmetric. One of the aspects of cinematography and photography that I enjoy the most is composition. Upon looking at the above image more and more you can see how the composition and it’s symmetric nature add to the photo. Starting in the top right of the frame we have the windows with shades pulled down. Not only do these windows frame the subjects head but the lines that travel horizontally also sync with the lines created by his forehead wrinkles. If we travel down the subjects body a little further we see that the stripes of his shirt cuff also travel horizontally matching up with his forehead wrinkles and the window shades. I can almost see antlers or horns coming from the subjects head created by the shadows.
There are a lot of separate parts that tie this image together and i’m very happy with how it came out. I believe the composition and the subject matter work together equally to make the photo interesting. Most of the above photo came about through being in the right place at the right time. Another part was luck, and only a very small part was skill.
What do you think of this photo? What do you like or dislike? What would you have done differently? Let me know below! If you have questions about these featured photos that were not answered in the post then please feel free to ask them in the comments.