The other day I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, as I am want to do, and saw this image by fellow travel blogger Dave Bouskill, one half of the famed travel duo from The Planet D. Immediately I wished I’d taken it.
Why? Let me count the ways.
- I love love love silhouettes: They add mystery and when done well, as in this case, compel the viewer to take a closer look.
- The low angle is wonderful: While the dancers are the focal point, the drama of the clouds overhead and the sun at eye level gives the image a magnificent cinematic quality.
- Timing: Everything came together here. For silhouettes to work the subjects have to be recognizable and the more detail the better. Dave managed to capture all three dancers at a point where their positions enabled the viewer to see each clearly as well as the fringe of the costume on the right, the headdress in the middle, and the drum on the left. But that’s not all, he caught all three when they were compositionally in balance around the circle and the sun was just hitting the horizon. Amazing!
- The slight reduction in clarity adds an ethereal quality I really like.
What do you think of this photo?
Categories: Photos I Wish I Had Taken