Kick start your imagination. This is a narration of a picture. A photograph. He stood still for a moment. He was climbing the steps. With one foot on a step higher and the other foot on the lower step, there seemed to a movement of the subject. A male figure called “Bensen”. The yellow grills were thick and bold. The entire photograph had a ghothic sentiment. The subject, Bensen looked sure and purposeful and yet a little lost to any specific activity. The direction was clearly upward. Bensen stood with the grill in front and the stone wall behind.
A gate with fabrication of metal, synchronized with the fence. This gate and fence added volume to the heavy body in the picture. All these formed the middle ground.
Bellow the grilled fence, we see the depth and a lower level from the steps. This contributes a lot of shadow that complements the bright white sunlight above. Such contrasts have worked well to contribute much meaning to the picture.
Both feet and the hands are visible of the subject Bensen. A sense of completeness in the subject is essential to give the photograph; it’s needed idea of legitimacy.
The immediate, back drops are made from heavy granite stone. It is in a studied formation and a strong wall. As if to kill the monotony, the next background is lush green and a rich forest. The depth of field, as if the eyes can travel through far, right into the horizon. And much white sun light is visible among the gaps of the trees. All these, fore ground, middle ground and multiple layers of backgrounds provide a great appeal. Then, is the firm and sure formations. All the geometrics are strong and clear. Vertical lines, horizontal, circular and angular shapes are incorporated. The picture has a value of a rural and extremely rustic character. The male subject Bensen shares screen space with each and every other factor and component that is visible. No, one part, inside this picture can stand alone. Therefore the composition looks full and total.
The use of outdoor sun light is impressive. Especially on the dark fluffy jacket of Bensen, the light falls on the arm, sleeves and collars. This gives the needed definitions of contours and curves in the dressing. The Architectural accentuation in the ascending frontage and descending tail part bring forth the cultural spirit in photography. Over twenty shades of grey have been produced by light, shades and shadows.
There is an intrigue about the discovery of such location where the green forest is in the upper half of the picture.
The forms, shapes, light and colours all, work in harmony. These compositions of items that complements one another, effortlessly drives the movement of the eyes of the viewer. Where ever the eyes fall, it is then guided like a walk through to all parts inside this frame.
There is richness in the expression. Pleasant and comforting attire. A calculated smile. And a bit dab of melancholy has the viewer, taste a little drama of the director.
In all, one would be safe to rate it towards the winning grade. The photographer’s strength is to convey a context, for his subject and the location. If the picture has proved an imagination of a specific story in the viewer, then the purpose is achieved, by this photograph. The fulfillment in the photographer is in the imparting and the impact of the, message in the viewer. The judges will qualify also, the ability of this photographic work, to communicate.
A good photograph is an award in it’self to the art of visual communication. Really, words may be able to render the true sense, of the photographer’s intentions. As is the author to a script, so is the photographer to a picture.
In this photograph, the clicker must, fill in the blank space behind the subject, “Bensen”. The space at the tail end seems to be empty. A still object or a different colour on the floor of the tail end was needed as a filler. That space, proportionately looks empty. Well, nothing is perfect from the scrutiny of a critique. Any which way, this is shot in a mobile cellular phone. This is evidence that everybody who has near, ten mega pixel camera, fitted into a smart phone, can become a photo artist.
Good imagination of the story behind a visual and quick processing of technicality of location is needed. Then you can capture the event or situation in the equipment that is fitted into your smart phone.
You can get visibility on applications such as instagram. You can develop your own photo blog. And migrate yourself to a new photography hobby. Photo journalism is a full time career that has become trendy. An eye for the unique story, that generally misses the attention of the people, such observation can get you glory in the media industry.
A great photograph, good technical understanding of photograph, some imagination can develop your art sense. Narrating the photograph into a technique of storytelling can make you a journalist and reporter.
Many activities are possible when you begin to own the smartphone. Most of all, you are now the Author and the publisher. The social media can give many opportunities for you to publish your content. Finally the saying is, that the content is king, but the promotion is the Queen. So begin photography, write the narration and then publish your work.
Now, is the exercise for the reader. Simply read carefully with full attention. Then, keep ready a pencil and paper. Now, make a sketch to illustrate in picture form, the story that you have read. It is then, that this communication is complete.