What makes a great photograph?
For me, it tells a story in one glance.
It hits me like a rock and keeps my eyes transfixed while I drink it in. It makes me jealous on the spot.
I could go on and on but what’s the point? What works for me may not work for you and besides, my taste seems to change with time.
I was looking through a ton of photographs for this post and I couldn’t find anything that compelled me take more than a momentary glance.
Then I saw this image and immediately my eyes popped. I instantly wished I’d taken this photo.
The composition is provocative. With the heads cropped out I was forced to take a second look and get my bearings. What does this mean? What’s going on here? On second glance I realized I didn’t have to see their faces to know they were smiling—that the father and son are close. That Nhiem Hoang has captured a sweet and unguarded moment.
I love the way the child’s toes curl in—could he be giggling? And I love the way the shoes on the floor echo the subjects.
It’s an adorable take on a family portrait but the black and white conversation gives it some heft. Some grit.
Hoang could have kept their heads in, but then,well, would it have been as interesting?
I don’t think so.
What makes a great photograph for you?
Categories: Photos I Wish I Had Taken