I’ve been not very active lately on the photography front for various reason such as weather, schedule, other things to do etc… I even spent the money of a potential Fujifilm X100 for an amazing Fender Strat (a 20 years old dream of mine, and this one was a very good bargain by the way).
Anyway as the ice is finally in the process of melting here in the Boston Area I hope to have some time for shooting in the coming weeks. And I need to find some inspiration as well, because many of the last pictures I took look the same. Among those ones there was this one I took yesterday that I find interesting.
It reminds me a shot I did in the metro last year:
In both pictures I used someone’s back right in front of me to sort of cut the image. You have this boring object right in the middle (and made prominent by the use of very wide angle) whereas something is happening behind which is supposed to be of interest. Well…I am sure most people don’t like these pictures and they are obviously (but intentionally) flawed with regards to composition standards. But it is like playing hide and seek with subject matter and I find that trick rather interesting.
The other reason I like the shots above is that more often than not when you shoot a complex scene in the street the final result won’t work because of someone’s back misplaced in the shot, that works like a “black hole”, a negative space that weakens the shot, like in this picture below done yesterday.
But sometimes it is fun and interesting to take something that usually does not work and instead of avoiding it you push it to the extreme and try to turn it to your advantage.