Find the Subject

November 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

In a recent post, "Distraction or Attraction", most of the image was comprised of low-contrast converging lines interrupted by a man sitting on a bench. Despite his small size relative to the open space in the image he was nevertheless obvious to the viewer, the focal point of the scene, the question, if you will.

This image, "The Bartender", is similar in some ways and very different in others.  First, the image is dark, matching the wood tones of the room. There is strong directional light entering the scene from the left. Both of these elements are different from "Waiting".  So where's the bartender?  Aah, once you see the soft light on her shoulder and neck, she, like the "Waiting" man becomes the focal point of the image. She's not prominent; the viewer must find her.  It's that process of locating her and then wondering what she's doing that brings the viewer back to her, the focal point of the scene, the question, if you will.  

 

The BartenderThe Bartender


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