There is one thing really important in the life of a photographer: an external review and point of view of a portfolio. This is essential because it is a good help to provide advices and improve in the making of my photograph and their processing.
I attended this year a major competition, the “Magnum Photography Awards 2016“, organized by the famous LensCulture community. I had then the opportunity to submit a portfolio of 6 pictures to their submission review and I just received their comments today. Let me share this with you and tell me if you agree.
The first picture is named “Just a moment” and I took it during 2014 Christmas in Pontseng, a remote village deep inside the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa, at the border with Lesotho. A beautiful week I already shared with you here.
This is a truly compelling image for the subject matter and for the strong sense of lighting. The lighting is creating a frame within the frame of the image, and places emphasis the powerful stare of the person seated in the middle.
The illuminated hands weaves the figures together, which conveys a sense of intimacy for the viewer. I am also drawn to how the hands of the person blocking the sunlight is framing the head of the person in the foreground.
The other strong element of this photograph is the juxtaposition between your statement and the subject matter in the photograph. You indicate that this photograph portrays a celebration, but the dramatic lighting upon the figures enables a more psychologically charged moment– it unveils the joy and sadness intertwined with the act of drinking alcohol.
What do you think? Do you agree and like this picture? Tell me in the comments below.