The first glance is not always the story

So here is a street photo with a story…

The glance

The glance

The photo above could have been taken anywhere. It shows a man and a woman exchanging a glance – perhaps there is a chemistry there.

But it didn’t start out this way. Sometimes when you take a photo it can be worth looking closely at the whole photo, and occasionally you will find that the drama is in the margins of the photo.

What the crop leaves out is what makes this the story of an interaction between two people at a distance. Perhaps an older man looking at an attractive young woman. The reality is of course a little more prosaic. Let’s see the original photo:

Festival morris dancers

Festival morris dancers

The woman walked out from a side alley at the festival and was attracted by the morris side performing a dance further up the street. The man coincidentally walked out and had yet to hear the commotion caused by the dancers, so he was looking down the street.

By cropping down to the right hand side the couple were brought more centrally into the picture – almost on the thirds. By rendering it as a black and white image, it became a timeless story about a man and a woman. Street photography is always about the story – indeed all photography is arguably about the story. Sometimes it isn’t always the obvious one 🙂

Have you seen an alternative story in one of your photos? Why not leave a comment below and share your story 🙂




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