Critique: Photographer's Perspective
This is at home as well, and we think that this photo is too close, for one, it needs to be further away, because we're cutting off mom here. One thing I do like, and that we're missing, is she is in the middle of a stride. That's the thing that we look for. We want them to be in stride, like stretched out, versus one leg in the middle of it, the transition of it. So, a lot of times, with street photographers especially, they'll look for the longer stride. She's also in between a moment right now. Her eyes are closed. So, she was blinking. I know that she was blinking when this photo was made, and that's why we need to shoot through that, so that we can catch it when she's not blinking. It's very interesting what the boy is doing. It's a little bit surreal, 'cause we have no idea why he's doing it, and we also don't want the girl to be looking at us, camera aware. So, we need to be further away. Show more context maybe.
And tell, I think the most important thing for me is that I don'...
t know what he's plugging his ears, is he plugging his ears, at. Is it mom, or is it traffic, or is his sister, or what? And so, I think if we could add an exaggerated look on the mom's face, or we, maybe this is where you add cars if it's traffic. I wanna see context, so that I know exactly what he's mad about.
This is a reaction without context. We don't know why he's doing it. So, we saw this photo, and we felt that this is very distracting. This faucet is extremely distracting. So, we said, "Let's just go for it, "and go weird and abstract." Right? Might as well. And so, it changes the whole feel of the photo by getting rid of the edges here, and my favorite part is just these few strands of hair right here. I want a little bit more of a moment with her, but kids that put their heads down, I know I used to do this, they're like trying to hear what it sounds like underneath the water, so she's gonna be doing that, or he's gonna be doing that for a minute, or at least 30 seconds. So, you hope that they open their eyes, and then they look big to the right, or the left, or maybe she's getting ready to go under, so we want the big expression of holding her breath, something. I think I just want a little something more in the face.
[Woman With Glasses] Yeah, let's keep exploring that.
So, we think yes, the teeth are interesting, but it doesn't, we don't feel as there's a moment here. What we want is for her to put it up to her mouth, or look in the holes of it, but the way that it is right now, there's not much going on.
You could say that for almost any object, and that's why it works for the spoon. Unless there's an interaction with the object that's very clear, you don't necessarily need to photograph it. It's one of those things where it's pretty. We use a wide open aperture, and so we like the feeling of it, but it really is lacking--
A moment. We just want more of a moment. We think that her reaction, or her face, might be interesting. Now, if you really thinks it's interesting, her holding the teeth, the one thing that I do notice is she has very dirty fingernails, right? And so, if that, if you wanna do the juxtaposition of the soft hands with the dirt, and then these sharp teeth, then you need to be very clear that that's what you want to be showing, and you need to be right here. Like, I mean, seriously, like squared up right here, and then you have to wait for a moment to happen with the fingers in order for it to work. Does that make sense?
And, I think this is, to sort of sum it up, this is a good example of what's missing is your point of view, because what right now you're saying is this is an object. And so, this might be an interesting object for a kid to be holding, but I want you to tell me that. I want you to say, "She should not be holding this," or, "She's dirty," or there's not the actual story in it.
She collects bones, animal bones. And so that was part of the reason why I wanted to make that picture, but that's what I've struggled with with this image.
That's good to know. This is one of my favorite things. It's like what about this information are you trying to tell me? So, then, in that case, to translate it to a stranger, 'cause, again, they're happy, are there other bones around her?
Yes, that's what I'm thinking about.
Yeah, I wanna see some more context.
Yeah, I have a few from this particular set where she went with family, and she found some animal bones as well, but this one was her very favorite out of her collection, so she was showing it to me.
[Woman With Ponytail] I think we need the collection in there.
I think I have one of her--
I want you to have a hundred. (laughing)
Well, I have one of her pointing them out, but she had laid them out on a table. She wasn't near the table at this particular moment, but, yeah.
Yeah, 'cause it's not a product shoot necessarily, right?
Yeah, we don't, we're not selling this weird animal's--
But this comes up all the time, 'cause there's all kinds of photos that we see of rattles, kids playing with blocks, and we just wanna know why you want us to look at that. So, that works across the board for a lot of objects.