This was one of my submissions for our Less is More assignment. I struggled with what is Minimalism in a photograph and decided to try to get down to the basic elements of a subject. When thinking about a portrait of a person, I thought an eye would be just about the most basic part of a human being and so during a recent model shoot in Galveston I asked one of the girls to let me shoot this image. Although I did get a Gold award for it, one of the critiques was the hair in the lower left corner drew the viewer's eye away from the main subject of the model's eye. I knew it was doing that, but when I tried to crop out her hair, her arm looked HUGE. So, I darkened it, thinking it would balance the image better --- wrong, the hair needed to be lightened. Also, the judge thought maybe it could be blurred. Below is that version, and maybe it needs even more blurring and lightening, but I think it is an improvement.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
6 months ago