Photos I Wish I Had Taken

Photos I Wish I Had Taken: Angee Manns

Photo by Angee Manns

“His Shadow” Photo by Angee Manns

How great is this?

A wonderful rural, slice-of-life image called His Shadow by Angee Manns, conveying the heartfelt bond between a boy and his dog. Twice.

I love that no matter what catches your eye first (the boy and the dog on the left, or the shadows on the right), the composition moves your eye through the image. I saw the shadow first and then looked for the subjects of the silhouette. If you start with the boy and the dog, the shadows on the ground lead the eye to the shadows on the wall. I also like the repetition of shapes: the triangle created by the shadows  mimics the peak of the shed overhead.  Lastly, the simplicity of the black and white conversion best serves the silhouettes. In color, the grass, sky or hue of the shed might have competed for the viewer’s attention. In monotone, the picture focuses the viewer and enhances the emotion.

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  1. Hi! I found this post purely by accident and I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see it! It has probably been my most successful image this year and it is one that I hold dear to my heart. My son is an only child so his bond with our pets is truly something special. This girl here has claimed him as her own and I have many more similar to this that show their bond. Thank you for featuring it!

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