So subtle. I was doing my usual thing. Wandering around some place looking for pictures when the sun fell low enough in the horizon to create the strong side light that I like when I’m photographing old buildings. For the record, there is no shortage of old buildings in New Orleans. After all, it’s an old city. A city that care forgot. That used to be one of the city’s nicknames. But, as I tool around looking for images, I’m starting to see a lot of care as the city very quietly renovates itself. Now that I thoroughly lead you astray, let’s get back on topic.
The picture is the result of good timing, or maybe, a lack of timing. The best place for a silhouette to be located would have been in that bright area of light. But, I couldn’t get there fast enough. The subject looked like he was coming home from work and wanted to get to his destination. So I made the picture when I could, which was just as he entered into the deep shadow. When I was leaving the scene, I thought to myself, “well, that’s a missed opportunity.” It wasn’t until I moved into the curating phase of my workflow that I saw the picture for what it is… something that is a little bit mysterious and moody. From a more compositional standpoint, the silhouette seems to be a good counterpoint to the brightly lighted area of the picture. What do y’all think? Does it work for you?
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