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!

  2. I just found this on the web, and I am so, so flattered that you think so highly of this image! It has become one of my favorites of my son and our pup. Thank you so much for the critique! I look forward to following your blog.

    • I just love it Angee and I’m glad you reached out. What a great capture. I’m not surprised it’s one of your favorites.

      Thank you for checking out the blog. It’s most appreciated. 🙂

  3. This is amazing, so touching. At first, i saw the little boy with the dog, and for a second i wished i could see them from profile. Then, i saw the shadow. Even more, the fact that is a black and white photo makes it more special, even unique, because i don’t think they waited for the right moment (time of the day, for example) to take it. A spontaneous and unsophisticated work of art. 🙂

  4. First, I would like to say “wow”! It captures not only the beautiful moment of the image, but note well, you back in a memory of when he was a child and saw the world so pure, perfect…

  5. Afterthought: the repetition of shapes reminds me of the animal paintings by Franz Marc. He did this, too, in addition to a very deliberate distribution of colours.

  6. Yep, a really great photo. The shadows are more obvious on first glance. Always looking for silhouettes? Me, too – and reflections… Both make for a special pic every time because people realise what they would have missed seeing themselves.. Also, shadows/silhouettes and reflections seem to hint to a “parallel universe”, are mysterious.

    • Wonderful observations and I totally agree regarding silhouettes and shadows add a sense of mystery to an image. There’s inherent drama in knowing what you’re looking at but not being able to see the details.

  7. A picturesque description. And a splendid one… The first thing my eyes caught was the deciduous trees behind the hut and the black clouds covering the sky and the shadow that in itself is reflecting the reality. Reality that is “love” and “love” which is “unconditional” between the two different creatures of the same creator. An amazing post indeed. 🙂

  8. I like how the shadow is the first thing I see in the picture. Then my eyes ping ponged back and forth with the dog and boy. The B&W is very effective!

    Have a wonderful day!


  9. I saw the shadows first. This is a very beautiful picture. What makes it even more beautiful is that it can be interpreted in different ways, depending on who you are, when you see it, how you are feeling, or simply how your mind works. Thank you for the wonderful post.

    • It’s so true. I think that’s what makes any piece of art special. “Eyes of the beholder” and all that. I’m enjoying reading what grabs people’s attention first, the boy & dog or the shadows. I have always had an affinity for silhouettes. Never miss a chance to shoot them, always on the look out for them. 🙂 Glad you liked the post. Welcome to the blog.

      • I absolutely agree. Same thing with books and films. Every time you read a book or watch a movie, you experience it differently. That is why I am so passionate about it. Thank you, I am sure I will enjoy following your blog very much.

  10. I really love this photo. I said “wow” a few times just taking it. The perfect take at the perfect moment, and I you mentioned, with a perfectly applied b&w filter. I totally agree and am glad you pointed that out. I see the mark of a true artist here, as everything applied supports the whole image.

  11. What a superb image. It was probably at least partially staged but it has the feel of being candid and of capturing an authentic moment which it conveys beautifully. My eye actually caught the boy and dog on the left first, perhaps because they are brighter than the shadow or perhaps because I automatically read things, including images, left to right in the absence of a distracting element. Like you, I love that the triangular shape of the shadows mimics that of the shed roof. I also love that the other shadow present in the image, that of the antler, mimics that tree branches that frame the shed which is in turn a frame for the shadows. Superb photo.

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