I don’t often re-work or edit images previously posted but on this occasion I’m making an exception. Do enlarge the image to see the full effect.
Andy Beel, a photographer whose comments are always well reasoned and helpful, suggested that there was a better balanced image to be found by cropping out the top half of the image. And he’s right!
It’s strange how one does not always see the obvious. I’ve chewed this over in my mind and I’ve concluded that there are images where the message is obvious and others where it is much more covert and hidden and where perhaps the viewer needs a little additional information to understand why the photographer took the shot the way he/she did. Sometimes of course, the hidden message is deliberate, and is what makes the image so compelling (but I can’t claim that applies here).
In the case of the original image I was struck by the huge height of the stairwell (whose walls were covered in paintings from top to bottom), shielded from sunlight by net curtaining and also by roller blinds in the upper sections. The figure was standing, neck craned, viewing the extent of the wall and I felt the additional height in the image helped to convey that. Except that other than blank walls and strips of light he appears to be viewing zilch. So, if you can’t see what it is that is attracting his attention (and it has to be explained) what is the point of including it? It’s a case where for the image to work for the viewer, it needs to have a stronger focus and balance – which is what it now has.
Thanks, Andy for the suggestion. Do let me have your comments. Do you all agree?