Back Pocket by =burningmonk
The Suggester says: "The main subject is framed by the 2 figures in the background and is set well against the crosswalk. Great timing combined with perfect composition". (
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to me, i think she's gripping her proposal ring in her pocket, and the guy in the blue in the background is her man to propose, and she's nervous, so she's gripping her ring. just how i would like to think of it
This photo has a wonderful display of color and composition, but it is indeed the back pocket that draws and keeps my attention.
For the subject, unknown for the human mind cannot conceptualize one's identity without the presence of a face, is with her hand curled into a fist (?) and thrust into her back pocket. This is an intriguing pose because the curled fist is not casual. It's often aggressive and formed with a purpose in mind, generally anger.
However, no sense of anger can be found anywhere else in this photo. It is a very pretty, almost glamorous photo taken in what appears to be in a sleek city and perhaps in a uptown district of a woman who possesses a sense of elegance in her fashion taste. She's not dress in a flashy or highly sophisticated manner, but there is seemingly a sense of calculated taste in what she chose to wore that day.
This gives the photo a sense of not anger but rather a sense of delicacy, so what is with the curled fist?
Also when people often run into photos as beautiful as this one, they may think to themselves was this setup or spontaneously taken? The elegant subject seems like something purposefully chosen suggesting the photo was setup, but then why have the curled first? It's awkward to say the least given once again it's not a natural of casual gesture, but yet it so poignantly stands out from the rest of the photo. Maybe that's the point.
Or, maybe. This was indeed a spontaneous photo and the curled fist comes from no particularly conscious thought. The woman, although seemingly elegant, is awkward such that humans are awkward. We do not always pose beautifully or elegantly or sensibly. We just do as we do, and perhaps this is the woman's quirk.
But, the viewer cannot know. It is then perhaps for the viewer to decide as what seems to be the strongest message being spoken by the photo. The viewer could of course simply continue to ponder, wonder, and explore for a few seconds or minutes what the possibilities within this world are.
In that way, this photo is brilliant.
Yes, I might be overthinking this all, but I cannot genuinely deny that the above is what the photograph sparked inside my brain. It moved me. It inspired me. It questioned me as I question it, and therefore this a wonderful piece of art.
Thank you very much for the long and rich comment. It took me a long time to get back to you because I wanted to read your words carefully before I responded. The photo is spontaneous indeed. The woman's pose and gesture are inscrutable and ambiguous. You are correct in claiming that that is what makes the photo work. It is the same aspect of the scene that intrigued me and compelled me to take the photo in the first place. The photo leaves many questions unanswered and therefore allows for a myriad of interpretations. Thank you for pointing this out to me!