Certain actions in one's life might be uncomfortable, but there ought to be moments of contentment. Good one, Garrit. You really captured the emotion of this person along with an indirect suggestion. Furthermore, I'm very pleased with the earth tone color scheme.
The cigar just does it for me.....this pic though is kind of confusing....you have the shopping cart, which conveys simplicity and for me personally it makes me think of poverty (homeless people w/shopping carts).....but he has a cigar in his hand which is extravagance and pleasure...and then you have the tracks,...but their purpose is pretty obvious.
All in all I like the concept of the photograph, but I think that the message is kind of aschew among all the different elements in the photo itself.
Very interesting photo... the inclination of the shopping cart is very strange to the perspective and yet the model hides all signs that it may be very uncomfortable to sit in it... it's like in the moment before falling over. Good Job!
Wow, I love this! I don't even know where to begin
At first glance, the "blandness" of the colours put me off, but then, something about that railroad and that face sucked me in. I like how his face is the brightest thing in the picture- it physically accentuates the contrast between his expression of joy and relaxation and his surroundings, which are drab and potentially forboding. I also really love how the perspective of the railroad (it is a railroad isn't it, or is that just my own interpreted assumption?) draws your eyes up the composition, forcing you to look at the shopping cart, then at the man in the shopping cart, the expression on his face and oh look at that, railroad tracks expanding behind him. It puts a few ticks in the ol'mental odometer as each unveiling makes the whole photo more weird and wonderful.
On a more symbolic level, I love the contrast of meaning between his pose/expression and his location. Generally, one doesn't expect a) a man to be sitting in a shopping cart on a railroad and b) for him to be happy about it. The railroad is an inherently ominous feature; the train will come, and if something is in its way (like a shopping cart and everything in it), it will be destroyed... therefore, generally people on railroad tracks have that specific intent of destruction in mind. But instead, this guy is reclining with a cigar and a smile, positively relaxed.
So what does it mean? It could be interpreted in a number of ways: the way I choose is that this character, in this moment, is blissful ignorance embodied. This image captures that essence of "what you don't know can't hurt you..." I would love to see how this character would react to the train coming- with equal casual irreverence? Or a sudden unexpected panic? Part of what makes this capture so intriguing to me is pondering the moments following, when this blissful ignorance is shattered by the reality of the train barrelling down the tracks toward him.
Anyway that was really long- I just had to write two 4,000 word discursive essays...so clearly I'm still in that mode haha! Anyway, excellent shot. A for sure
Anytime! Your shot really made me think I continued to think about it after I commented as well, and now I can't decide if I like my previous interpretation or its opposite- that the subject is completely aware of what is coming, but he chooses to be happy-go-lucy in the face of it...
whatever, either way, the fact that the shot can be interpreted in such diverse ways speaks well of your skills. So again I say WELL DONE to you! I aspire to such a level, to offer such emotive shots that make people stop and think a bit. But I'm more or less still a beginner technically so that may be a ways off yet. Anyway, keep up your amazing work, to inspires us mortal polk!