Self-Critique Series 004
Location: Penn Station, NYC
The Process: This is one of those photos that are made intuitively. I got this photo in one try simply by taking my time to frame it. I immediately noticed the spacing between the subjects on the left and the right and knew that I wanted to get all of them into the frame. This meant that I had to move my body far enough back from them. Once I was able to do that it was all a matter of clicking the shutter. In post-processing, I chose black and white due to the classic nature and geometry of the building. (The huge post office behind Penn Station).
My Critique: What I love most about this image is the simple calm nature of it. All of the subjects are static beings in a hectic environment (Penn Station area). Then there’s the large negative space between the left and right side that balances out the weight of the frame. I do wonder what one more subject places in that negative space would’ve done for the overall composition. Some obvious things are the lines and symmetry created by the stairs and the columns. The icing on the cake here is the gesture and expression of the man with the hat who is looking right at the camera.