Solitary is an interesting theme for a photo challenge. it something many people feel they are, and many are proud to be. I am in awe of people who find themselves good enough company to be alone for any period of time, since I have to be around people 24/7. I struggle with solitude, and I am aware how badly this reflects on my self-confidence.
I took this photo of a gull in Venice. he was sitting on this post, looking out onto the busy waters. Calm and content with his own company among the throng of people, reminding me that even when you are surrounded by lots of people, even then, you can still feel very much alone.
There are many ways in which you could approach this challenge. You could go with some image expressing distance, one which symbolises things which come from near and far or you could play it safe and talk about foreground and background, like I’ve done.
This image isn’t one of my proud moments of photography. It’s a bit out of focus and the composition is crowded; but then photography is not all about the clarity of the image or it’s composition. It can be about what the photo means to you. I took this photo at a Train concert with my best friend and my cousin, and it was a great night. The music was lovely, the atmosphere live and the people friendly. Having the hands in the forefront of this photo, making them the focus of it, changes the way gig photography normally is. I’ve placed the focus on the audience rather than the singer, leaving him in the far background. This conception of near and far changes the way the viewer of the picture sees the concert.
There are so many reasons why I love this photo. Firstly, the girl you see here is one of my closest friends and I gave her a photo shoot for a Christmas present. She in herself fits the theme of free spirit, as she is so calm, loving and, well, free spirited. Secondly, I love the photo from a more technical angle. The soft colours and light of the chiffon skirt are juxtaposed against a vivid green background. The afternoon light on her skin makes it look flawless and a relaxed smile spreads across her face. The pose feels natural, not stilted in any way and I achieved this by asking her to walk away from me and turn when I said.
We are all free spirits in some way, and I think this photo really embodies that. Not only in a personal way, but also with the colours and textures that help to create a calm, peaceful and free image.